Dr. Lois Hecht Oppenheim is a Professor of Political Science and Co-Chair of the Political Science Department at American Jewish University. Specializing in Third World and Latin American Politics, she is an acknowledged expert on the politics of Chile. Dr. Oppenheim was a Professor of Political Science at Whittier College from 1976 until coming to American Jewish University in 1991.
Since she has been at American Jewish University, Dr. Oppenheim has written extensively on Chilean and Latin American politics, globalization dynamics and women in politics.
Dr. Oppenheim’s teaching interests are in the areas of: Globalization, Third World Political Literature and Film, Latin American Politics, US-Latin American Relations and Model United Nations, among others. Her research and teaching interests continue to evolve; most recently, she has focused on the economic and cultural effects of globalization, including their impact on food production and consumption, and has developed a course on the Politics of Food. She is also a practitioner of Traditional Asian medicine and teaches Asian Approaches to Health and Stress Reduction.