Brian Calfano

Brian Robert Calfano


Interim Head, Department of Journalism

McMicken Hall


A&S Political Science - 0174

Professional Summary

Brian Calfano (Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2007) is Professor of Political Science and Journalism, and the interim head of Journalism. He coordinates UC's Political and Public Affairs Reporting Certificate

Book credits include: God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion (Temple University Press, 2013), Assessing MENA Political Reform, Post Arab Spring (Lexington Press, 2014), A Matter of Discretion: The Political Behavior of Catholic Priests in the U.S. and Ireland (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), Muslims, Identity, and American Politics (Routledge, 2018), Understanding Muslim Political Life in America (Temple University Press, 2019) Human Relations Commissions (Columbia University Press, 2020), Exploring the Public Effects of Religious Communication on Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2021), and The American Professor Pundit (Palgrave, 2021). As of 2021, Dr. Calfano has published 53 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals serving political science, journalism, sociology, and criminology. 

His academic work has appeared in The Washington Post/Monkey Cage, and the London School of Economics American Politics and Policy Blog (among others). External research grants include awards from the National Science Foundation, the American Political Science Association, the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. CV  Google Scholar link

Dr. Calfano is co-coordinator of the APSA Religion and Politics Section mentoring program. He is also a faculty affiliate of The Cincinnati Project, and coordinates UC's teaching and academic partnership with Future University in Egypt's Political Mass Media department.

A working tv reporter, Calfano is repped by CBK Media Management, and his stories have appeared on Spectrum News 1 Ohio, Fox 2 St. Louis, Fox 4 Kansas City, Ozarks Fox, KNWA, and KLBK, among others. Calfano holds awards from the Broadcast Educator Association, the Missouri Broadcasters Association, and The Society of Professional Journalists.

Positions and Work Experience

2021 - Professor of Political Science and Journalism , College of Arts and Sciences , University of Cincinnati

2021 -2022 Interim Head, Department of Journalism, College of Arts and Sciences , University of Cincinnati

2016 -2021 Asst./Asso. Professor of Political Science and Journalism, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati

2008 -2016 Asst./Asso. Professor of Political Science and Journalism, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University

2007 -2008 Asst. Professor of Political Science , Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

2006 -2007 Lecturer in Political Science , Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Research Support

Grant: #2017 Professional Service Agreement Investigators:Calfano, Brian 03-20-2017 -03-19-2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development Human Relations in the City of Pittsburgh, PA Role:PI $25,000.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #Common Ground Investigators:Calfano, Brian; Jennings, Nancy 06-30-2017 -12-31-2018 Scripps Howard Foundation The Common Ground Project Role:Collaborator $10,000.00 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit

Contact Information

McMicken Hall 22