About Susan Liebell

Susan Liebell is associate professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

NBN Episodes hosted by Susan:

Political Science November 23, 2020

Four Threats

The Recurring Crises of American Democracy

Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman

Hosted by Susan Liebell
The United States experienced race-baiting, polarization, executive overreach, and inequality before the presidency of Donald Trump. Does that political history demonstrate resilience – or vulnerability? Suzanne Mettler (John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in the Government department, Cornell University) and Robert C. Lieberman (Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University) use insights gleaned from comparative politics (particularly the study of liberal democratic and authoritarian regimes) and American politics …
Political Science November 2, 2020

The Industrialists

How the National Association of Manufacturers Shaped American Capitalism

Jennifer Delton

Hosted by Susan Liebell
Historians often portray the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as a conservative force in debates over free enterprise, battles against unions and government regulation, and the rise of capitalism in …
American Studies September 21, 2020

The Hardhat Riot

Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution

David P. Kuhn

Hosted by Susan Liebell
On the eve of the November 2020 presidential election, Americans often present increased polarization as the result of Trumpian extremism or America’s complex racial history but David Paul Kuhn’s The …
African American Studies September 14, 2020


Race, Anger and Citizenship

Susan Liebell

Hosted by Susan Liebell
How do we have a serious conversation about race that moves beyond the brevity of Twitter or an op-ed? In this episode of Post-Script (a New Books in Political Science …
African American Studies September 7, 2020

Shirley Chisholm as Principled Political Strategist

Susan Liebell

Hosted by Susan Liebell
“I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the United States of America. “I am not the candidate of black America, although …
African American Studies August 31, 2020

W.E.B. Du Bois

A Life in American History

Charisse Burden-Stelly and Gerald Horne

Hosted by Susan Liebell
Why is the scholarship and advocacy work of W.E.B. Du Bois so relevant for 21st century politics? Does his unique combination of both serve as a possible template for today’s …
American Studies August 24, 2020

Trumping Politics as Usual

Masculinity, Misogyny, and the 2016 Elections

Robert G. Boatright and Valerie Sperling

Hosted by Susan Liebell
How did the Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns affect other elections in 2016? How did the use of gender stereotypes and insulting references to women in the presidential campaign influence …
American Studies August 17, 2020

Threat of Dissent

A History of Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in the United States

Julia Rose Kraut

Hosted by Susan Liebell
How does the United States use immigration to suppress free speech? Should interests of “national security” take priority over individual liberties? What happens to democracy when the most vulnerable are …
Chinese Studies August 10, 2020

Post Script

A Deep Dive on China

Susan Liebell

Hosted by Susan Liebell
Todays begins a new set of podcasts from New Books in Political Science called POST-SCRIPT. Lilly Goren and I invite authors back to the podcast to react to contemporary political …
American Studies August 3, 2020

Perchance to DREAM

A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA

Michael A. Olivas

Hosted by Susan Liebell
Why did the DREAM Act (for the Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors) never pass Congress – even though it was popular with Republicans and Democrats? What does the …
American Studies July 27, 2020


Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court

Renee Knake Jefferson and Hannah Brenner Johnson

Hosted by Susan Liebell
Before Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court in 1981, nine highly qualified women were on the shortlist. What do the stories of these women tell us …
World Affairs July 20, 2020

Unfreedom for All

How the World's Injustices Harm You

Thomas J. Donahue-Ochoa

Hosted by Susan Liebell
How should we understand and combat injustice? Is it only the responsibility of those who suffer the consequences or perpetrate the harm? When it comes to addressing injustice, for many …