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Christine Carpino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Director
610-437-4471 ext. 3923


Christine Carpino

Assistant Professor
B.A., Fairfield University
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hartzel Hall 112


Dr. Carpino earned her BA in Politics from Fairfield University and her MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to teaching at Cedar Crest, she taught at Santa Clara University and JFK University in California. In addition to teaching Political Science, Dr. Carpino also serves at the Director for the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium, a collaborative program that connects local faculty with community organizations to conduct community-based research.


Michelle Forsell, Esq.

Adjunct Professor
B.A., West Chester University of Pennsylvania
J.D., Villanova University School of Law
M.A., Temple University


Michelle earned her BA in Political Science from West Chester University, her JD from Villanova University School of Law, and her MA from Temple University. She is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania practicing primarily in estate planning/administration and municipal law. Michelle previously gained experience with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, and a large Philadelphia firm. She is admitted to practice in numerous federal courts, and continues to hold leadership positions in the Villanova Inn of Court and the Bar Association of Lehigh County, serving as its president in 2017.

At Cedar Crest, Michelle teaches courses on women’s rights and American law.