Brian Calfano

Brian Robert Calfano


Interim Head, Department of Journalism

Professional Summary

Brian Calfano (Ph.D., N. Texas) is Professor of Political Science and Journalism, and the Interim Head of Journalism. He coordinates UC's Political and Public Affairs Reporting Certificate

Books: God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion (Temple U. Press), Assessing MENA Political Reform, Post Arab Spring (Lexington), A Matter of Discretion: The Political Behavior of Catholic Priests in the U.S. and Ireland (Rowman and Littlefield), Muslims, Identity, and American Politics (Routledge), Understanding Muslim Political Life in America (Temple U. Press) Human Relations Commissions (Columbia U. Press), Exploring the Public Effects of Religious Communication on Politics (U. of Michigan Press), and The American Professor Pundit (Palgrave). Dr. Calfano has 55 peer-reviewed articles in journals across political science, urban politics, journalism, sociology, and criminology. 

His academic work has appeared in The Washington Post/Monkey Cage, Nieman Lab (Harvard), Newsweek, and the London School of Economics Blog (among others). Research grantors include the National Science Foundation, American Political Science Association, Scripps Howard Foundation, and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Dr. Calfano is co-coordinator of the APSA Religion and Politics Section mentoring program and is an affiliate of The Cincinnati Project.

A working TV reporter, Calfano is repped by CBK Media Management. His stories have appeared on Spectrum News 1 Ohio, WKRC Cincinnati (Local12), Fox 2 St. Louis, Fox 4 Kansas City, Ozarks Fox, KOLR, KNWA, and KLBK, among others. His work received awards from the Broadcast Educator Asso., Missouri Broadcasters Asso., Ohio AP Managers and Editors, and Society of Professional Journalists.
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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

Arts and Sciences Hall 13C
Phone: 513-556-3943