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 is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Gioioso examines the incorporation of Latin American and Caribbean immigrants to the United States. More recently, his research and writing have focused on the lives of Cuban young adults as they navigate economic, political, and social change on the island, in both the capital city, Havana, and in the province of Holguín in eastern Cuba. He is also currently investigating Cuban political and legal philosophy in both historical and contemporary Cuba.  

Dr. Gioioso received his doctorate in International Relations from Florida International University (FIU) in 2010. He is trained broadly across the social sciences and has worked extensively as a researcher in the U.S. and abroad. His research projects have been funded by the American Political Science Association, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Judicial Center, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation/Miami Cultural Center, the Tinker Foundation, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Miami Workers' Center, the Research Institute for Social and Economic Policy, and the Cuban Research Center at Florida International University.

At Saint Joseph’s University, Dr. Gioioso teaches a variety of courses. He was recently named recipient of the 2019 Junior Faculty Teaching Award by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).

Dr. Gioioso has written scholarly publications in a variety of journals. His most recent article, Las bases normativas del ideal republicano de José Martí (The normative roots of the republican ideal of José Martí), co-authored with Dr. Vladimir Pita Simón of the Universidad de Holguín, Cuba will be forthcoming in the International Journal of Cuban Studies in December 2019. His co-edited volume (with Zaily Velázquez Martínez and Carlos Osorio García of the Universidad de Holguín), Youth and Development in Cuba, is slated for publication with Palgrave Macmillan in early 2020.


  • 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 337 - 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


2020 (forthcoming). Richard N. Gioioso, Zaily L. Velázquez Martínez, and Carlos M. Osorio García (editors). Youth and Development in Cuba, Series on Children and Development, Palgrave Macmillan.

2019, December (forthcoming). Richard N. Gioioso and Lisa A. Baglione. Trump in the Tropics: Territorialities and the Misdirection of U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Cuba. In The Political Landscapes of Donald Trump, Barney Warf (editor). Routledge. 

2019, December (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.