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Mary Hagerty, Ph.D.

Mary Hagerty

Assistant Professor

Office: 45 Beechmont Drive
Phone: (914) 633-2696
Degrees: Ph.D., SUNY Albany
MA, SUNY Albany
BS, Cornell University

Dr. Mary Hagerty teaches introductory courses in American government and upper-level courses in state and local politics, public administration and public policy. Her research interests include public sector labor relations, third party politics in New York State, conflict resolution/non-violent resistance movements, and the roles of gender, race, and ethnicity in American politics.

Robert Lacey, Ph.D.


Chair, Political Science Department

Office: 45 Beechmont Drive
Phone: (914) 633-2428
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Massachusetts, 2006
MPP, Georgetown University, 1996
BA, History, University of Vermont, 1993

Dr. Bob Lacey teaches courses in political theory and American politics, and his research interests lie primarily in American political thought. He has written articles and reviews for several publications, including Americana, Kritike, The Review of Politics, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, The American Conservative, and The Boston Globe. He is also the author of two books, Pragmatic Conservatism: Edmund Burke and His American Heirs (2016) and American Pragmatism and Democratic Faith (2008).

Joshua K. Leon, Ph.D.

Joshua K. Leon

Pre-Law Coordinator

Office: 45 Beechmont Drive
Phone: (914) 633-2619
Degrees: Ph.D., Temple University, 2010

Dr. Joshua Leon teaches introductory courses in American government and global politics, as well as courses in political science research methods, the public policy process, politics of global health, politics of global development, global cities and the environment, and contemporary global politics. His research and writing is on global governance, development, poverty, global health and urbanization.
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Tricia Mulligan, Ph.D.

Tricia Mulligan

Associate Provost for Strategic Academic Initiatives

Associate Professor, Political Science & International Studies

Office: 45 Beechmont Drive
Phone: (914) 633-2429
Degrees: Ph.D., Political Science, George Washington University
MA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin
BA, Political Science and Spanish, College of the Holy Cross

Dr. Tricia Mulligan teaches courses in international relations; comparative democratization; U.S. foreign policy; politics of development; international law and organizations; human rights; and environmental politics. Her current research focuses upon comparative democratization in post conflict countries with an emphasis upon the development of stable and responsive political institutions. She received the 2011 Presidential Teaching Award to develop and implement programs and initiatives to internationalize the curriculum. Most recently, she worked with Iona students in a partnership with the Cairo-based Soliya Connect program, to provide a distance learning opportunity in real time for American and Middle Eastern university students.

Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D.

Jeanne Zaino


Office: 45 Beechmont
Phone: (914) 633-2252
Degrees: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MPO, University of Connecticut, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
MA, Public Opinion, Policy and Research, University of Connecticut, Storrs

BA, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Dr. Jeanne Zaino teaches courses in American government, voting, elections, public opinion, political parties, presidency, congress, the courts, civil liberties, constitutional law and research methods. Her areas of specialization are in public sector, government, and media and entertainment. Her experience includes extensive work with public policy building in federal and local state government and higher education entities.
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Student Success

Caitlyn’s internship in a NYC museum taught her valuable lessons in working with others to achieve common goals–and move the world.

Caitlyn O'Toole ’14

English and Political Science

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Student Success

The professors in the Political Science department here at Iona teach us to debate various positions and allow for open discussion of multiple points of view.

Zachary Benoit

Political Science major