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Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Email: jzaino@iona.edu
Phone: (914) 633-2252

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

Dr. Jeanne Zaino specializes 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. Dr. Zaino has more than 25 years of experience across a range of complex and often high-profile strategy, operations and transformation initiatives. She is regarded as an expert on electoral politics, and her ideas are widely used in governments, industries and organizations throughout the world.

As a member of the Political Science and International Studies 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 Iona College she has served as Chair of the Political Science Department, Director of the Honors Program and Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Science.

Dr. Zaino is a leader in the federal space and advises on topics of government innovation, digital service delivery, campaign strategy and the future of the government workforce. 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. She is the author of Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS and Core Concepts in American Government.

Dr. Zaino is a widely-sought after speaker and moderator at universities, non-profit organizations, corporate institutions and conferences around the world. She most recently delivered the keynote address “The Disintegration of Politics,” at the “Campaigning and Social Media,” conference in Oslo, Norway, sponsored by the University of Oslo. She also served as a panelist for a global discussion of political discourse and process hosted by the New York University Brademas Center and La Pietra Dialogues with journalists and political experts. In addition, she served as a speaker for the world renowned Young Presidents and World Presidents Organizations; moderated a series of talks and debates for the League of Women Voters, and presented at numerous conferences including the Northeastern Political Science Association, the New York Political Science Association, the New England Political Science Association, and the Teaching and Learning Conference of the American Political Science Association. She has received numerous awards including the Muriel Zaukas Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Dr. Carol S. Russett Award for Women Educators and the Iona College Woman of Achievement. She has also been a Presidential Teaching Scholar and was a recipient of the Campus Teaching Award by the American Political Science Association.

Dr. Zaino is a frequent contributor on Fox News, MSNBC, Headline News, CNN, BBC, i-24, The O’Reilly Factor, CBS, Al-Jazeera English, Al-Jazeera, TV 2 Norway, NTV Russia, WCBS, WNBC, WPIX, Fox 5, News 12, Fios, Vietnam Cable TV, Taiwan TV, i-24 and RT. Her latest thinking is published in USA Today, The Washington Post, Newsday, Huff Post and Fox News. She has also been quoted in publications as varied as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Financial Times, Real Clear Politics, NY Daily News, NY Post, Journal News, Politico and CBS News. She has done a good deal of radio, including NPR’s Marketplace and All Things Considered.

Given Dr. Zaino’s diverse interests and areas of expertise and her pragmatic, solution-oriented approach, she is frequently called on by the media to discuss electoral politics, political strategy, political behavior, parties, Presidency, Congress, Judiciary, technology, public sector issues, public opinion, domestic and foreign policy, American history, international politics and history, and much more.

Dr. Zaino was awarded a Master of Arts from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., in Public Opinion, Policy and Research. She received a second Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.