Joe Lane
Joe Lane Ph.D.

Provost & Dean of Faculty

Office of the Provost

Old Main, Room 110


Dr. Joseph Lane is the provost and dean of the faculty at Bethany College.

Prior to his appointment as provost, Dr. Lane was the Hawthorne Professor of Politics and Chair of the Department of Politics, Law and International Relations, a professor of political science, and the founding director of the honors college at Emory & Henry College in Emory. He had been at Emory & Henry for more than 15 years.

He taught political theory and American government at Hampden-Sydney and Bowdoin College before joining the faculty at Emory & Henry College.

Dr. Lane has been active in political science associations serving as President of the American Political Science Association’s (ASPA) Politics, Literature and Film Section; Delegate of APSA to the American Council of Learned Societies and Convener of the Environmental Politics Workshop of the Western Political Science Association. He has also been nominated for the Board of the National Collegiate Honors Council and for the American Council on Education Fellows Program.

Dr. Lane is also the co-editor of three books: “The Deconstitutionalization of America” (Lexington, 2005), “Engaging Nature: Environmentalism and the Political Theory Canon” (The MIT Press, 2014), and “A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson” (University of Kentucky Press, 2016).

He has published articles and reviews in a number of journals including the American Political Science Review, Review of Politicsand Political Theory.

Additionally, Dr. Lane served as a regular commentator on political affairs for the Encyclopedia Brittanica’s “Smart Talk” blog and published more than 40 essays on political events for that outlet.

Terminal Degrees:
B.A. with honors in Classics and Political Science, Hampden-Sydney College
Ph.D., Boston College