Brian Calfano

Brian Robert Calfano


Head, Department of Journalism; Faculty in School of International and Public Affairs

Clifton Court Hall, 5th Floor
Phone 513-556-3943

Professional Summary

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

A working TV reporter with multiple EMMY nominations, 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 has received awards from the Broadcast Educator Asso., Missouri Broadcasters, Ohio AP, and SPJ. WABC-TV New York featured portions of his documentary work in its 75th anniversary celebration in August 2023. In 2022, Calfano established the Journomentary project at UC. In 2023, he created the first academic partnership with the broadcast video management platform Latakoo

In total, Dr. Calfano has over 100 peer-reviewed publications across journalism, political science, urban politics, sociology, and criminology. These include the books God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion (Temple), 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), Human Relations Commissions (Columbia), Exploring the Public Effects of Religious Communication on Politics (Michigan), and The American Professor Pundit (Palgrave). 

Media coverage of his academic work includes 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.

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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

Academic - Clifton Court Hall, 5th Floor
Phone: 513-556-3943