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Tauna Sisco, Ph.D.

2008 - Ph.D., Purdue University, Sociology.
2005 - M.S., Purdue University, Sociology
2005 - Graduate Certificate in Social Survey Research, Purdue University
2003 - B.S., Purdue University, Interdisciplinary Chemistry
2003 - B.A., Purdue University, Sociology

As a political sociologist, my research interests include media studies of social problems, wartime affects on patriotic sentiment, gender and politics, and rhetoric of ambivalence and public policy concerning the homeless. I am particularly interested how the role of gender can influence the social construction of social problems, like homelessness, and impact broader congressional policy support.

Teaching and Service

I teach courses in political sociology, social problems, social theory, statistics, race and ethnic relations and legal issues of the family. I am interim chair of the President's Steering Committee for Inclusiveness; a member of the Sexual Orientation Task Force, the faculty representative to the Core Council for Gay and Lesbian Students, and the chapter advisor for Pi Gamma Mu, the national honor society for the social sciences.

Research Interests

As a political sociologist, my research interests include media studies of social problems, wartime effects on patriotic sentiment, gender and politics, and rhetoric of ambivalence and public policy concerning the homeless. I am particularly interested how the role of gender can influence the social construction of social problems, political leadership, and public policy.

My research on women, politics and public policy has appeared in Feminist Media Studies and The Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy. Post-election year spring semesters, Dr. Jennifer Lucas (Politics), Dr. Christopher Galdieri (Politics) and I have organized and hosted The American Election: Contexts and Consequences Conference.

My current research includes analysis of  the Homeless Access Survey 2010-2011, previously a joint research effort with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Housing and Homelessness and other area colleges and universities, which assessed the needs and access of New Hampshire adult homeless populations. 

Originally from Indiana, I completed my undergraduate and doctoral work at Purdue University, where I received the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship and Walter Hirsh grant. At Purdue, I taught courses in Urban Sociology and Race/Ethnic Relations and worked for the Social Research Institute (SRI).  

Selected Recent Publications:

  • T. Sisco and J. Lucas, 2015. "Flawed Vessels: Media Framing of Feminism in the 2008 Presidential Election". Feminist Media Studies 15 (3):2015.
  • J. Lucas and T. Sisco, 2014. "Unfriendly to Women? Female Politicians, Rape Comments, and the GOP in 2012". In The American Election 2012: Contexts
    and Consequences
    .  Eds. Holder and Josephson. Palgrave MacMillan: New York.

Contact Information

Prof. Tauna Sisco
Tauna S. Sisco

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102

Phone: (603) 656-6031
Fax: (603) 656-6198

Office: 4 Bradley House

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