Professor Fife's research agenda includes urban public education reform as well as reforming the electoral process in the United States.
Old School Still Matters: Lessons from History to Reform Public Education in America (2013, ABC-CLIO - a Praeger imprint).
Reforming the Electoral Process in America: Toward More Democracy in the 21st Century (2010, ABC-CLIO-a Praeger imprint).
Political Culture and Voting Systems in the United States: An Examination of the 2000 Presidential Election (2002, Praeger, co-author).
Higher Education in Transition: The Challenges of the New Millennium (2000, Greenwood Publishing–a Bergin & Garvey imprint, co-editor).
School Desegregation in the Twenty-First Century: The Focus Must Change (1997, Edwin Mellen Press).
Desegregation in American Schools: Comparative Intervention Strategies (1992, Praeger).
Professor Fife is the Director of Graduate Studies as well as the Legal Studies advisor for undergraduates in the Department of Public Policy. He has been at IPFW since 1997 and previously was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Ball State University.