Professor & Department Chair
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, Law & Society
As a sociologist, my research interests include social determinants of health, gender and politics, and the study of social problems. 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.
My pedagogy and research reflect Saint Anselm College’s value on education within the Benedictine Tradition which stresses the formation of the whole person and the importance of community. I regularly teach introductory courses in public health or sociology, but also specialist courses in family law, statistics, political sociology and race & justice.
My research on women, politics and public policy has appeared in Feminist Media Studies and The Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, and Congress & the Presidency. Along colleagues Dr. Jennifer Lucas and Dr. Christopher Galdieri, I published over a dozen articles and chapters and have co-edited seven volumes on various facets of American elections. We annually organize and host The American Election: Contexts and Consequences Conference held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
I also value community engaged research and undergraduate student research. Collaborations include the Homeless Access Survey, a five year joint effort with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Housing and Homeless, Healthy Corner Store Initiative with the Manchester Health Department, and undergraduate NH-INBRE research on effective interventions of post-partum depression.
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, Race/Ethnic Relations and worked as a survey methodologist for the Social Research Institute (SRI).
- T.Sisco, J. Lucas, and C. Galdieri. 2023. Identity Politics in National Elections. Palgrave Pivot.
- J.Lucas, T.Sisco, and C. Galdieri. 2021. The Politics of the 2018 Midterm Elections. Congress & the Presidency 48(1): 1-7.
- D. McCarter, E. Demindenko, T.Sisco, and M.Hegel. 2019. Effectiveness of an Electronic Nursing Intervention Post-Partum: A Randomized Control Trial. Journal of Advance Nursing 75 (10): 2223-2235.
- J. Lucas, T. Sisco, and C. Galdieri. 2017. Conventional Wisdom, Parties, and Broken Barriers in the 2016 Election. Lexington Books.
- C. Galdieri, J. Lucas, and T. Sisco, 2017. The Role of Twitter in the 2016 US Election. Palgrave Pivot.
- T. Sisco, J. Lucas, and C. Galdieri. 2017. Political Communication & Strategy: Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections. University of Akron Press.
- C. Galdieri, T. Sisco, and J. Lucas. 2017. Race Reforms, & Policy: Implications of the 2014 Midterm Elections. University of Akron Press.
- J. Lucas, T. Sisco, and C. Galdieri "New Hampshire Senate Race: Closest in the Nation" In The Roads to Congress 2016, Edited by Foreman and Goodwin. Palgrave Macmillan
- T. Sisco, 2016. "Gender and Policy Implementation: Analyzing and Predicting the Progress of Congressional Bills Targeting Homeless Women, 1977-1987." Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy. Sept. 2016.
- 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.