Political Science

Donkey and Elephant

SJU Students Participate in RNC and DNC Convention Seminars


A group of seven SJU students joined their colleagues from across the country in a two-week seminar/internship program held in Cleveland and Philadelphia for the national political party conventions.

Richard Gioioso

SJU Faculty Experts: Latino Electorate and Presidential Politics


In this video, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Richard Gioioso, Ph.D., an expert in U.S. immigration and racial and ethnic identities, comments on the characteristics of the Latino electorate, and how this important voting group might affect the presidential election.

SJU Expert Comments on President Obama's Trip to Cuba


Richard Gioioso, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science, comments on U.S.-Cuba normalization and President Obama's trip to Cuba.

Debating Philadelphia’s Future


On Thursday, April 23, Saint Joseph’s University hosted a debate for the Democratic Primary of the Philadelphia mayoral race. The debate, moderated by Lucy Noland and hosted by Iain Page of FOX 29, featured questions asked by SJU students. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the debate was “the liveliest exchange of the campaign and evidence that it remains a close affair as the May 19 vote nears.”

JFK: Legacy and Image


According to Francis Graham Lee, Ph.D., professor of political science, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, is one of the defining events of 20th century America. In this video, Lee discusses Kennedy’s lasting legacy for his and subsequent presidencies: “It’s image,” Lee says.

Vote This, Not That: Casting a Healthy Ballot


For many Americans, health care is a paramount issue when weighing their choices for the presidency, and rightly so. Currently the United States spends nearly $9,000 per capita annually for health care, which far exceeds any other nation in the world.  In addition to that statistic, America has disappointing infant mortality and life expectancy rates when compared to other developed nations. It’s clear to see that Americans have much at stake.

Climate Silence and the 2012 Presidential Campaign


Though the four debates of the presidential election ignored any talk of policies that could mitigate climate change, Hurricane Sandy’s disastrous path brought the issue front and center during the final week of the campaign.

National China Town Hall Meeting to Convene at Saint Joseph’s


PHILADELPHIA (October 12, 2012) – China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of Americans. To help illuminate this important international relationship, Saint Joseph’s University will partner for the second consecutive year with the National Committee on United States-China Relations of New York to present the sixth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, on Monday, Oct. 29.

Presidential Election Headed for a Photo Finish


With the 2012 presidential election gearing up for the final weeks of the campaign, it’s inevitable that some voters – particularly those who supported then-Senator Barack Obama four years ago – would compare this cycle to the 2008 election, and might be feeling nostalgic for days gone by.

A Panel Discussion: The Impact of the Economy on the Presidential Election


PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 20, 2012) - On Monday, Oct. 1, the Haub School of Business will host a panel discussion with national and local political and economic experts to discuss the economy and its impact on the presidential race. This is the first event in the Anthony Carfagno '60 Lecture Series.