Joseph Mancos


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Maryland
  • M.S., Public Administration, University of Missouri
  • B.A., Political Science, Boston University

Joseph Mancos is a professor of political science. He started teaching at Lenoir-Rhyne University in 1986.

He teaches courses in American politics, Constitutional law and political theory. He is the advisor for the North Carolina Student Legislature, which gives students hands-on practice in formulating laws and presenting them for passage in a mock legislature.

As faculty representative to the Lutheran College Washington Semester program, Mancos encourages students to spend a semester in Washington, D.C., where they intern and study.

In 2016, Mancos received a Fulbright teaching scholarship to Russia, where he taught a course entitled "A Political History of the United States" at Moscow State Pedagogical University. His interest in Russian society and politics goes back to his first visit to the Soviet Union in 1977. Since then, he has traveled with LR students on study abroad programs to Moscow and St. Petersburg.   

Mancos is a member of the LR Servus Universitas Society. He was inaugurated in 2016 as a notable way of honoring employees who have dedicated the better part of their lives to serve the mission of LR and make it a better place for those who come after them. To be a member of this society, a Lenoir-Rhyne employee must reach at least 25 years of continuous, full-time service. Of literally thousands of individuals who have been employed by the university, fewer than 150 have reached this milestone.