Laura Katz Olson, professor of political science, was elected to a two-year term on the American Political Science Association (APSA) Council. Olson, a Lehigh faculty member since 1974 and chair of the political science department from 2003 to 2007, has published eight books: The Politics of Medicaid; The Political Economy of Aging; Aging and Public Policy; The Graying of the World; Age Through Ethnic Lenses; The Not So Golden Year; The Handbook of Long-Term Care Administration and Policy (co-edited); and Heart Sounds (her first novel).
She also has published more than 35 articles and book chapters in the field of aging, health care and women’s studies, addressing such topics as pensions, Social Security, problems of older women, Medicaid and long term care. Olson has been a Scholar at the Social Security Administration, a Gerontological Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Aging Studies and New Political Science. Olson also has been appointed to a number of APSA committees, including the Committee on Departmental Services, the Victoria Schuck Award Committee (which she chairs) and the Alice Paul Award Committee for the Women’s Caucus. In 2009, she received the Charles A. McCoy Career Achievement Award from the New Political Science (NPS) Section of the APSA. She will organize the NPS program panels for next year.