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Honors and distinction abound for Dr. Mary Segers, including Rutgers-Newark's Charles Pine Award for Excellence in Teaching. Known for her authentic, charismatic, and personable teaching style, Segers served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Warsaw in 2001; Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Warsaw in 1999; Henry Luce Fellow in Theology at Harvard Divinity School from 1987 to 1989; Ford Foundation Lecturer in Women's Studies in Religion at Harvard Divinity School from 1985 to 1986; and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Princeton University in 1979.
Leadership and scholarship are Segers' hallmarks. She has been a professor of political science at Rutgers-Newark since 1970, the former chair of the university's Department of Political Science from 2001 to 2006, and the former director of the school's Political Science Graduate Program from 1992 to 2001. Widely quoted on issues concerning religion and politics and women in politics, Segers' nearly 50 essays and books include Piety, Politics and Pluralism: Religion, The Courts, and the 2000 Election (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002); A Wall of Separation? Debating the Role of Religion in American Public Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998); Abortion Politics in American States (M.E. Sharpe, 1995); and The Catholic Church and Abortion Politics: A View From the States (Westfield Press, 1992). Her most recent book is Faith-Based Initiatives and the Bush Administration: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, co-authored with Jo Formicola and Paul Weber (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).
Segers received her bachelor's degree in history from the College of Mount St. Vincent. She received her doctoral degree in political science from Columbia University.