Jeanne Sheehan Zaino, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

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45 Beechmont
(914) 633-2252 (914) 633-2252


  • 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 Sheehan Zaino teaches courses in American politics and institutions, post-colonial democracies, linking mechanisms (media, parties, elections, etc.), public law, political risk, and research methods. She has written articles and reviews for numerous publications, both academic and popular, including the Journal of Politics, South Asia Research, The Fulcrum, Journal of Political Science Education, Inside Higher Ed/University of Venus, JSPS (Journal of Sikh & Punjab Studies), USA Today, Campaigns and Elections, The Washington Post, and The Chronicles of Higher Education. She is the author most recently of American Democracy in Crisis: The Case for Rethinking Madisonian Government (Palgrave/Macmillan) and co-author of Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS (Sage).  

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Dr. Jeanne Sheehan Zaino is a Carol S. Russett Award winning Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona University School of Arts & Science. She is also Bloomberg News Political Contributor and the author of several books and articles, including her most recent, America Democracy in Crisis: The Case for Rethinking Madisonian Government was published by Palgrave/Macmillan. 

In addition to her work on the foundations of American democracy and its impact on our political lives today, Professor Sheehan Zaino has also written extensively about issues ranging from the politics of colonial/pre-partition India and electoral litigation to the pedagogical benefits of metaphors, Rawlsian justice, and efforts at democratization in post-colonial states. Her work has been published in peer reviewed and academic journals as varied as South Asia Research, Campaigns and Elections, Journal of Politics, Journal of Political Science Education, Dispute Resolution Journal, Journal of Sikh and Punjab Studies, Education Week, Journal of Pastoral Counseling, Inside Higher Education/University of Venus, and The Chronicles of Higher Education, among others. In addition to American Democracy in Crisis, Jeanne is also co/author of one of the leading texts on computerized data analysis for the social sciences and professionals in various applied fields, Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS as well as Core Concepts in American Government

Professor Sheehan Zaino is also a politics contributor with Bloomberg TV and Radio where she appears frequently on shows such as "Balance of Power" with David Westin and "Sound On" with Joe Mathieu. She previously served as a contributor with Al Jazeera America (AJAM) and RNN (Regional News Network). In addition, she has appeared frequently on a variety of national and international networks including: Al Jazeera, BBC, CBS, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, HLN Headline News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and NTV Russia, among others. Her views on current issues have been published widely in print outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, Financial Times,  New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Politico, RealClear Politics, USA Today, Wall St. Journal, and the Washington Post.  

As a member of the Political Science and International Studies faculty, Professor Sheehan Zaino teaches courses in political and social risk, voting, elections, public opinion, political parties, presidency, congress, the courts, civil liberties, constitutional law, media and politics, social statistics, data analysis and research methods, amongst others. During her tenure at Iona she has served as Chair of the Political Science Department, Director of the Honors Program, and Dean of the School of Arts & Science.  

Dr. Sheehan Zaino was a University Scholar at the University of Connecticut in Storrs where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Media Studies, as well as a Master’s degree in Survey Research at the prestigious Roper Center. She later attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she received a second Master’s degree in Political Science, as well as a PhD in Political Science with a concentration in Political Theory, Public Law, and American government.