Richard N. Gioioso, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Specializations: U.S. Immigration, Immigrant Incorporation, Cuban Youth, Politics and Society
Office: Barbelin Hall 205
Phone: (610) 660-1750
Fax: (610) 660-1284

Richard N. Gioioso received his doctorate in International Relations from Florida International University in 2010. Before joining the faculty at Saint Joseph’s University in Fall 2013, he taught at a number of institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, Purchase College of the State University of New York and Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Dr. Gioioso is trained broadly across the social sciences and has worked extensively as a researcher in the U.S. and abroad. Areas of focus include U.S. immigration, ethnic and racial identity, trust and civic participation in U.S., U.S.-Cuba relations, and the navigation of social and economic change by young adults in contemporary Cuba. His research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Federal Judicial Center, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation/Miami Cultural Center, the Tinker Foundation, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Research Institute for Social and Economic Policy, the Miami Workers' Center, the Cuban Research Center at Florida International University, and the American Political Science Association.

Dr. Gioioso has presented papers and participated on panels at many national conferences, including the Northeast Political Science Association (NPSA), the International Studies Association (ISA), the the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and the Association of American Anthropologists (AAA).

In his research and academic courses on international relations and migration, Dr. Gioioso seeks to understand the forces that lead individuals and groups to uproot themselves and move, and how they integrate in their new surroundings. 

Dr. Gioioso is also currently Director of the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program at SJU.


  • Ph.D. in International Relations, Florida International University
  • M.A. in International Studies, Florida International University
  • B.A. in Spanish, Saint Joseph’s University

Courses Taught

  • POL 115 - Introduction to Global Politics
  • POL 328 - Politics of U.S. Immigration
  • POL 331 - Latin American Politics
  • POL 331 - Contemporary Cuban Politics and Society (course and study tour)
  • POL 340 - Political Geography
  • POL 352 - Global Political Economy
  • POL 409 - Senior Seminar: Contemporary International Migration


2019, July (forthcoming). Validimir Pita Simón and Richard N. Gioioso. Las bases normativas del ideal republicano de José Martí/ The normative roots of the republican ideal of José Martí, International Journal of Cuban Studies, TBA.

2018. Richard N. Gioioso, Carlos Manuel Osorio García, and Zaily Leticia Velázquez Martínez. La Organización del Tiempo y el Cuentapropismo: Un Estudio Preliminar de Jóvenes Emprendedores en Holguín, Cuba, The Latin Americanist 62(4): 478-496. doi: 10.111/tla.1221.

2012. Richard N. Gioioso. Latino immigrants and community in the United States: Challenges and opportunities.Book review essay of Cameron D. Lippard and Charles A. Gallagher, editors, Being Brown in Dixie: Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Immigration in the New South (First Forum Press, 2010); Joseph Nevins, Operation Gatekeeper and Beyond: The War on “Illegals” and the Remaking of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary (Routledge, 2010); and Rebecca Dolhinow, A Jumble of Needs: Women’s Activism and Neoliberalism in the Colonias of the Southwest (U of Minnesota Press, 2010).

2011. Patricia L. Price, Christopher Lukinbeal, Richard N. Gioioso, Daniel Arreola, Damián J. Fernández, Timothy Ready, and Maria de los Angeles Torres. Placing Latino Civic Engagement, Urban Geography 32(2): 179-207.   


Edited volume in preparation for publication with Palgrave Macmillan:

Richard N. Gioioso, Zaily Leticia Velázquez Martínez, and Carlos Manuel Osorio García (editors). Youth and Development in Cuba, in series on Children and Development.