College of Education and Public Policy

Professor Brian L. Fife

Brian L. Fife, Ph.D. Photo of Brian L. Fife, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department, Director of Graduate Studies


  • State University of New York at Binghamton Ph.D., 1990, Political Science
  • State University of New York at Binghamton M.A.,1986, Political Science
  • University of Maine B.A., 1985, Political Science

Research Interests

Professor Fife's research agenda includes urban public education reform as well as reforming the electoral process in the United States.

Selected Publications

Winning the War on Poverty: Applying the Lessons of History to the Present (March 2018, ABC-CLIO--a Praeger imprint).

“Renewing the American Commitment to the Common School Philosophy: School Choice in the Early Twenty-First Century.” Global Education Review, 2016, 3:2, 4-22.

“Congress and Electoral Reform in the Early Twenty-First Century.” In Robert Mann (ed.), Working Congress: A Guide for Senators, Representatives, and Citizens. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2014, 62-78.

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).

Highlights of Community Service

Professor Fife is a former speaker of the Indiana University faculty at IPFW and has served on numerous university committees. He has been at IPFW since 1997 and was previously a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Ball State University.