A member of Haverford College's faculty since 1960, Glickman was the first director and campus co-ordinator of African Studies, part of the four college Consortium on African Studies, headquartered at University of Pennsylvania. While his main area of teaching and research has been comparative politics, over his career he has taught American politics, political theory, international relations and, lately, American foreign policy. Along the way, he served as visiting professor at universities in Tanzania, South Africa, Israel and in several states in the USA. He has authored, and edited and contributed to six books and numerous articles and reviews for a number of scholarly journals in political science and international relations. One book, Political Leaders of Contemporary Africa South of the Sahara, a biographical dictionary, published in 1992 by Greenwood Press, won an award as a Best Reference Book in that year from Choice Magazine, a periodical for college librarians. In 1993 he completed a six year term as editor of Issue--A Journal of Opinion, a publication of the African Studies Association. He is now a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, has served as Secretary of the American Political Science Association, and continues to serve as manuscript reviewer and book reviewer for several publishers and scholarly journals. He also consults for several government agencies and non-governmental organization.
In his spare time, Glickman serves as the President of the Hildegard Institute, a non-profit charitable foundation, which he inherited from his late wife, Sylvia Glickman, an accomplished pianist, composer and music publishing executive. She was also Artist-in Residence, founding Director of the Chamber Music Program and Associate Professor of Music at Haverford, 1967-1987. The Hildegard Institute promotes the music of women composers, past and present. The Institute also supports the Hildegard Chamber Players, an ensemble devoted to performing music by women composers on their eclectic programs.
Glickman's research has in great part reflected his long interest in African politics, which was kindled during his first journey to colonial Africa in 1959. His publications include editor of and contributor to Ethnic Conflict and Democratization (African Studies Association Press, 1995), and editor of and contributor to Political Leaders of Contemporary Africa South of the Sahara, a biographical dictionary published in 1992 by Greenwood Press (which won an award as a Best Reference Book in that year from Choice Magazine). He is also the editor of and contributor to The Crisis and Challenge of African Development (Greenwood, 1988), and Toward Peace and Security in Southern Africa(Gordon and Breach, 1990). Earlier in his career Glickman authored The Problem of Internal Security in Britain (Doubleday, 1955), and was co-author of Toward Solving the Puzzle --A Manual for Community Service Organizations (1954).
Glickman's interest in African politics tracked the continent's movement from colonialism to independence, inquiring into the relationship of ideology to program, the development of democracy, the relationship of ethnicity to forms of government and connections to foreign policy of African leaders as well as US foreign policy toward Africa. Students have co-authored a number of articles and papers by Glickman in the past decade. He is presently revising his volume on African Leaders and working on the relationship of extremist politics to foreign policy in Africa.
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