Stephen Medvec


Professor of Political Science

BA, History-Political Science, University of Montana, 1972; extensive study of French and economics.
Summer Language Institute, Yale University (Summer 1972); Certificate of Study in Czech.
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland (1973-1975),; research on Czechoslovak-Polish political/economic relations and foreign language study; Certificate of Translation in Polish.
MA, Political Science, University of Montana, 1977.
PhD, Political Science, Temple University, 1996

Courses Taught


Teaching Focus or Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is to expand knowledge of political science among my students at Holy Family University in terms of both domestic and international politics. I employ Socratic Method and oral presentations by students in class for active student learning. I also wish for my students to consider careers in government service or to pursue graduate or legal studies after completion of their baccalaureate degree.


"Polish Independence Day." Presentation to the Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA), Philadelphia, November 14-16, 2013.

"Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1803-1806." Address given to the Northeast Philadelphia History Network, Philadelphia, November 6, 2013.

"Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1803-1806." Address given to the Tacony Masonic Temple, Philadelphia, March 12, 2013.

"Polish Independence Day." Jagiellonian Law Society, Philadelphia, November 12, 2012.

"The European Union: Expansion to the East After the Fall of the Iron Curtain and the Current Crisis in the Euro Zone." Address given at Ann's Choice Retirement Community, Warminster, Pennsylvania, April 23, 2012.

"The Scar" (1976) by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Keynote speaker at Cinemateque Internationale at L'Etage, South Philadelphia, to analyze the political/economic climate and the dissident movement in Poland and Czechoslovakia during the communist era of the 1970s, March 11, 2012.

"Dred Scott Case: Precursor to the Civil War." presented at the conference "The Legacy of the Civil War" at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, November 10-12, 2011.

"Prayer for a Class Reunion," Prayer Book, Holy Family University, Fourth Edition (August 2009): 61.

"The European Union and Expansion to the East: Aspects of Accession, Problems, and Prospects for the Future," International Social Science Review (Vol. 84, Nos. 1 & 2, 2009): 66-83.

"Dred Scott Case," Encyclopedia of Race and Crime. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications,
April 2009.

Book review of Professors John Coleman, Kenneth Goldstein, and William Howell's Understanding Politics and Government, First Edition. New York: Pearson Longman, 2009 (December 15, 2008).

"The Legacy of 1968: The Prague Spring, the Invasion of Czechoslovakia, and Poland's March Events." Paper presented to the Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 13-15, 2008.

"The Constitution of the United States: What the Constitution Means to Students." Address given at Holy Family University on Constitution Day, September 17, 2008.

"The Legacy of 1968: The Prague Spring, Poland's March Events, and the Invasion of Czechoslovakia." Paper presented at the national conference of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences in America (PIASA), Philadelphia, June 13-14, 2008.

"The Prague Spring, the Invasion of Czechoslovakia, and Poland's March Events." Paper presented at the conference "The Legacy of 1968" at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, April 4-5, 2008.

Book review of Professor Thomas E. Patterson's The American Democracy, 8th Edition.
New York: McGraw Hill, 2008 (March 29, 2007).

"Is the Death Penalty Cruel and Unusual Punishment under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution?" Address given to the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) at the
U.S. Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA, June 27, 2006.

"Faculty Exchange Visits Poland." Mosaic (Holy Family University), Vol. III, No. 1, Spring 2006: 26-27.

Keynote speaker on the role of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at Model United Nations, St. Hubert's High School for Girls, Philadelphia, PA, January 28, 2006.

"Touring the Berlin Wall, Russia, and East Central Europe with 50 Sixth Graders." Mosaic (Holy Family University), Vol. 1, No. 3, Spring 2005: 20-21.

"Kennedy and Cuba: The Unresolved Legacy." Paper presented at the conference "The Kennedy Legacy: A Forty-Year Perspective" at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, November 21-22, 2003.

Member of "The Visegrad Four" panel to discuss current political, economic, social, and military affairs in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia; panels during the Mid-Atlantic Slavic
Association annual conferences at Temple University (March 1998), New York University
(March 1999), Princeton University (March 2000), Cornell University (March 2001). Also at the
national conventions of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Denver, CO (November 2000) and in Arlington, VA (November 2001). Mid-Atlantic regional conference, Hunter College (March 2003).

"The Visegrad States and the European Union: Obstacles to EU Membership and New Impetus for Cooperation." Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic Slavic Association's annual conference, SUNY-Albany, NY, March 1997.

Book Reviews (1992), Temple University. Various reports, annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), nomination texts for national economic development awards,
correspondence, numerous grant applications, etc., associated with my work at PIDC.

"Poland and Czechoslovakia: Can They Find They Need Each Other?" Polish Review, Vol. 4 (1991): 451-469.

Co-authored with Stone, Carla S. "Consequences of Zloty Convertibility for Polish Economic Reform." Polish Review, No. 1 (1991): 103-110.

Co-authored with Stone, Carla S. "Approaching Convertibility in Eastern Europe and the Soviet
Union." Review of Business (Jamaica, NY: St. John's University Press), Vol. 12, No. 3 (Winter 1990/1991).

"The Polish Independent Trade Union Solidarity as Portrayed in Selected Articles of the Polish Press." Proceedings of the Montana Academy of Sciences, Vol. 41 (1982): 137-143.

Montana Air Pollution Study: Final Report. (Helena: Montana Department of Health & Environmental Sciences, 1981).

Montana Environmental Permit Directory, Revisions (Helena: Montana Department of Health &
Environmental Sciences, 1981).

Translation into English of the executive summary to: Liponski, Wojciech. Polska a Brytania (Poznan, Poland: Adam Mickiewicz University Press, 1978).

Awards and Honors

Scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation for 1991-1992
Fulbright scholar

Additional Info

Professional Societies:
American Political Science Association (2003 to present).
National Capital/Area Political Science Association.
American Society of International Law (2003 to present).
Association of Former Intelligence Officers (2011 to present).
Biltmore Who's Who (2010-2011).
Delaire Landing Condo # 6 Board of Directors (2006 to present; Vice President since 2010).
Northeastern Political Science Association (2008 to present).
Pi Gamma Mu, Social Sciences Honor Society, Alpha Nu Chapter Sponsor, Holy Family University. Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania for Pi Gamma Mu (2011 to present).
Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society; Vice-President of University of Montana Chapter (1976-1977).
Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society.
Philadelphia Fulbright Association, President (1992-1994 & 1998-2000).
Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee (1992-2013).
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

Stephen Medvec
Office: 304 HFH
Phone: 267-341-3639