James I Lengle


Associate Professor; Pi Sigma Alpha Coordinator


Department of Government
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Professor Lengle teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on American politics, U.S. political parties, and presidential elections. He received his B.A. from Kutztown University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. He was the first recipient of the Executive Vice-President's "Excellence in Teaching" award.

Professor Lengle's primary research interest is American presidential elections. He has written and co-edited three books on the topic. In addition, his research has been published in some of the major political science journals in the United States.

Professor Lengle lectures regularly to senior American federal executives and to visiting foreign dignitaries. In addition, he has been invited to lecture on American politics and presidential elections in Europe, Asia, Australia, Central America, and the South Pacific. He also serves as a political analyst on American elections for the local, national, and international print and electronic news media.

Professor Lengle is a member of the American Political Science Association and has served as president of the National Capitol Area Political Science Association. He also served as national executive director of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society from 1993-2015. In 2008, Professor Lengle held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Politics at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.


  • Ph.D. (1978) University of California-Berkeley, Political Science
  • M.A. (1972) University of California-Berkeley, Political Science
  • B.A. (1971) Kutztown University,