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Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Phone: (914) 633-2254

BA, University of Connecticut, Storrs
MPO, University of Connecticut, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D., earned a bachelor's degree in political and communication sciences at the University of Connecticut where she was named a University Scholar. She went on to receive a master's degree in survey research/public opinion polling from the University’s Roper Center for Public Opinion Research where she worked with the esteemed Bud Roper and E. C. Ladd. She continued her graduate work at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she earned a second master's degree in political science and a Ph.D. in political science with concentrations in American government, public law, political theory, and research methods. As a member of the Political Science faculty at Iona College, Dr. Zaino teaches courses in American government, voting, elections, public opinion, political parties, presidency, congress, the courts, civil liberties, constitutional law, and research methods. During her tenure at the College she has served in various administrative positions, including two terms as chair of the Political Science Department, director of the Honors Program, and interim dean of the School of Arts & Science. In 2011 the American Council on Education (ACE) awarded Dr. Zaino the Carol S. Russett Award in recognition of her exemplary work in higher education. Her most recent research focuses on electoral litigation, the import of poll workers and the pedagogical benefits of metaphors. Her work has been published in journals as varied as Campaigns and Elections, Journal of Politics, Journal of Political Science Education, Dispute Resolution Journal, Education Week, Journal of Pastoral Counseling, and The Chronicles of Higher Education. Her most recent books are Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS (Pine Forge/Sage) and Core Concepts in American Government (Longman/Prentice Hall).

Dr. Zaino frequently comments on political and electoral issues in the media. Her work has been published in USA Today, The Washington Post, Newsday, Huffington Post, The Albany Times Union, The New Jersey Star Ledger, and the Journal News. She has also been quoted in publications as varied as the Christian Science Monitor, Real Clear Politics, New York Daily News, New York Post, Journal News, International Business Times, and CBS News Interactive. She has done a good deal of radio, including National Public Radio’s Marketplace and All Things Considered, the Curtis Sliwa Show, and the Rita Cosby Show. She appears regularly on WVOX. She is also a frequent guest on local and national television with recent appearances on The O'Reilly Factor, CBS Early Morning, Road to City Hall/NY-1, Fox & Friends, First, TV 2 Norway, NTV Russia, WCBS NY, WNBC NY, WPIX Channel 11, WLNY Fox 5 NY, Good Day New York, Richard French Live, The Couch, News12, Good Day Street Talk, & Fox's, among others. You can read her blog at: