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Susan Welch is Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University, positions she has held since 1991. Susan is a specialist in American politics, particularly urban, ethnic, and women's politics. Her current research interests include women as congressional candidates and black-white relations in multi-cultural settings. She is the author of nearly 150 scholarly articles, six books, and two textbooks (including an American government textbook now in its fourteenth edition). Her most recent books include Affirmative Action and Minority Enrollments: The Impact of Bakke on Medical and Law Schools, co-authored with John Gruhl and published by the University of Michigan Press; and Race and Place: Residence and Race Relations in an American City, coauthored with Lee Sigelman, Tim Bledsoe, and Michael Combs published by Cambridge University Press. She was recently named as one of the most cited political scientists of her generation. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Justice.