Tauna Sisco

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Education

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 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, like homelessness, and impact broader congressional policy support.

  • Teaching and Service

    Saint Anselm College's dedication to service is reflected in my pedagogical approaches. I teach courses in political sociology, social problems, social theory, statistics, race and justice, and sociology of family law. I am currently the President of the Faculty Senate (2017-2018).

  • Research Interests

    As a political sociologist, my research interests include gender and politics, media studies of social problems, wartime effects on patriotic sentiment, 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. 

    My research on women, politics and public policy has appeared in Feminist Media Studies and The Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy. I have co-edited four volumes on the national elections and in post-election years, Dr. Jennifer Lucas (Politics), Dr. Christopher Galdieri (Politics) and I organize and host The American Election: Contexts and Consequences Conference.

    My continued research also includes the Homeless Access Survey, a five year joint effort with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Housing and Homeless, which assessed the needs/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:
    • 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.