Executive Director of the Agora Institute
Professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies
- Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania: Political Science
- M.A., University of Pennsylvania: Political Science
- B.A., University of Pennsylvania: English and French
Lia Howard is the Executive Director of the Agora Institute and a Professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies in the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. Prior to Agora she taught American Politics in the Political Science Department at Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Howard was also a Critical Writing Fellow and taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania.
She is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRUCCS) and also a Senior Fellow at the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program both at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Non Resident Scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR).
Dr. Howard’s research interests center around federalism and political culture and the influence they wield over public policy, especially public education. She is also interested in American political ideals and institutions, urban politics, women in politics and civic discourse.
Dr. Howard studied English and French as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Political Science also from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband, the Reverend Dr. Chaz Lattimore Howard and their three daughters.
- Lia C. Howard ” A Readers Recollection” in Andrea L. Weiss and Lisa M. Weinberger American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters (Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati Press, 2019).