Quinnipiac University
Jennifer S Sacco

Professor of Political Science and Women's & Gender Studies

Chair of Philosophy

Chair of Philosophy and Political Science

Jennifer Schenk Sacco, professor of political science and women's and gender studies and chair of the department of philosophy and political science, teaches American government and politics, with a focus on women and public policy, feminist theory, and political movements. Professor Sacco is a graduate of Denison University and earned her Ph.D. in political science and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Rutgers University, where she was awarded dissertation fellowships from the AAUW, the Dirksen Center for Congressional Research, and the Institute for Research on Women. Her research focus is on gender and American politics and questions of representation. She published her edited book “Women of the 2016 Election” in 2019, and has worked and published across disciplines, with scholars in mathematics, communication, journalism, and advertising. At Quinnipiac, she served as the director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program from 2010-2019. She facilitates the AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshop for women, and serves on the steering committee for the People's United Center for Women and Business. Prof. Sacco was appointed by the mayor and has served on the Economic Development Commission for the Town of Hamden since 2014, was elected to the Hamden Democratic Town Committee in 2020, and volunteers with Girl Scouts of CT. In 2016 she was awarded the “Outstanding Faculty Award” from the Student Government Association at Quinnipiac.
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Education

  • BA, Denison University OH
  • MA, Rutgers-The State Univ of NJ
  • PHD, Rutgers-The State Univ of NJ

Areas of Expertise

  • Women, Gender, and American Politics

Organization

  • Political Science

Office Location

  • College of Arts & Sciences 1 M1-105

Mail Drop

  • CL-AC1

Experience

Quinnipiac University

Professor of Political Science and Women's & Gender Studies

Hamden, CT

2020 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Chair, Department of Philosophy and Political Science

Hamden, CT

2020 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Professor of Political Science

Hamden, CT

2019 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Associate Professor of Political Science

Hamden, CT

2013 - 2019

Quinnipiac University

Director of Women's and Gender Studies Program

Hamden, CT

2009 - 2019

Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Hamden, CT

2006 - 2013

Educational Testing Service

Consultant

Princeton, NJ

2006 - 2010

Educational Testing Service

Reader, American Government and Politics AP exam

Princeton, NJ

2003 - 2013

Selected Publications

The Pandemic and Childcare in the U.S.

Jennifer Schenk Sacco

International Women's Day Teach-In, Hamden, CT, Quinnipiac University (2021)

Covid-19 and the Gender Pay Gap

Jennnifer Schenk Sacco

Roundtable with Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewiz, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and State Rep. Robyn Porter, Hartford, CT, Lt. Governor's office (2020)

Women Take Their Place in State Legislatures: The Creation of Women's Caucuses, by Anna Mitchell Mahoney

Jennifer Schenk Sacco

34:4 Gender & Society 685-687 August (2020)

Election Day Debrief

Jennifer Sacco

Quinnipiac University (2020)

Women and Leadership

Jennifer Sacco

Leading Women of Tomororw, Hamden, CT, Quinnipiac University (2020)

Vice Presidential Debate Watch

Jennifer Sacco

Quinnipiac University (2020)

Descriptive Representation by Men? Evidence from Health Bill Sponsorship

Jennnifer Schenk Sacco

Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2019)

Women of the 2016 Election: Voices, Views, and Values

Jennifer Schenk Sacco, ed.

Lanham, MD (Lexington Books 2019)

Female Consumers, Advertisements, and Age-Based Differences Background

Blaine Branchik, Tilottama Ghosh Chowdhury, and Jennifer Schenk Sacco

Academy of Marketing Science Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (2018)

The Situatedness of Mathematics in Motherhood and Academia

Jennifer Schenk Sacco and Jill Shahverdian

8(2) Journal of Humanistic Mathematics 5-20 July (2018)

Girl Power and Politics

Jennifer Schenk Sacco

Fechner Day, Hamden, CT, Department of Psychology, Quinnipiac University (2018)

Women of 2018

Jennifer Sacco

Women Political Candidates in 2018: Challenges and Opportunities, Hamden, Quinnipiac University (2018)