The Political Science faculty members are committed to understanding the problems and theories of politics. These instructors are engaged in explaining and influencing politics by engagement in the classroom, in research and presentation at national conferences, and in the real world. All of our professors are highly qualified and have advanced degrees in one or more of the subfields of Political Science. Our faculty members wrestle with the conflict that often exists between faith and politics, and they teach in such a way that students are encouraged to engage in this same process. They strive to encourage thoughtful Christian reflection in the pursuit of public service and participation in politics.

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Tom Lehman; MA, PhD Professor; Economics tom.lehman@indwes.edu


Dr. Tom Lehman is professor of Economics at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, where he teaches Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Urban Economics and Policy, Public Finance, International Economics, Statistics and Research Methods, and American Economic History. Dr. Lehman is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University (B.S. in Economics) and Ball State University (M.A. in Public Policy). He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Economics and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1992, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • M.A., 1994, Ball State University
  • Ph.D., 2004, University of Louisville


Dr. Lehman’s research interests include urban economics and local economic development, urban housing markets, urban economic growth and income inequality, and payday lending and other short-term loan markets. He has co-authored studies on the determinants of rental prices in urban housing markets. Most recently, his research has been focused on using census data to investigate the predictors of local economic development and growth in Midwestern non-metropolitan areas.

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