Name: Dr. JoAnne Myers
Title: Associate Professor of Political Science; Political Science Internship Coordinator, Director of Public Administration Concentration.
Office Location: Fontaine 315
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2234
Degrees Held:

B.A. Philosophy and Government, Skidmore College
M.S. (political) Communication Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D. Urban and Environmental Studies (Public Policy Communication) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Dr. JAM, as her students call her, believes in active citizenship. She serves as the  Vice President of the board of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center.  She is an emertis board member  and former Chair of the Board of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val Kill.  Previously she has served as President of the Board of The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and on the executive Board of the Grace Smith House.

She is currently a Ulster County Human Rights Commissioner.

She wrote a bi-monthly column in InsideOUT magazine, and has had a blog at  She tweets as @feminista54.
She has authored 2 books on the Lesbian Liberation Movement, her third book The Historical Dictionary of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Movements (Scarecrow Press/Rowman Littlefield) was published Septemeber 2013.  She has various chapters in other books subjects as diverse as feminist philosophy;and property rights and NIMBY. Dr. JAM has written numerous articles, and given many talks and workshops. Her workshops include Domestic Violence,Jurisprudence & Political Theory: Challenging Orthodoxies; The Political Lessons of Eleanor Roosevelt; and It's My Body: Citizenship and Reproductive Rights. Dr. JAM  also presents on Teaching Justice.  She edited the Fall 2009 issue of the Hudson River Journal which focused on one of her heroes: Eleanor Roosevelt.  She serves on the editorial board of the Journal: Politics & Gender. 

Dr. JAM is also completing a book about public policy and citizenship: the entrenching of second class citizens.

Dr. JAM co-founded The Women and Society Conference which  just had its 24th annual meeting. It is an international feminist conference. See:  She also co-founded the Women's Studies Porgram at Marist.

She calls herself an applied political philosopher, putting to practice political theories. Before she came to Marist she worked in both the Koch (NYC) and Mario Cuomo administrations implementing diverse public policies (landfill gas recovery, the transfer of rent administration to the State and the expansion of Fort Drum).

She is also a published photographer and poet; and has shown her paintings.


Academic interests: Political thought (liberal democratic and Feminist); Applied Political Theory; Public Policy: environment, women & gender; Political Communication; and Citizen and State Relations.


Awards & Honors:

Editorial Board  Politics& Gender      Board Member Emeritus, The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center at Vall Kill 


The Historical Dictionary of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Movements (Scarecrow Press, 2013) The A to Z of the Lesbian Liberation Movement (Scarecrow Press, 2009);"Feminist, History of" in Sex from Plato to Paglia:A Philosophical Encyclopedia [Two Volumes] Alan Soble, editor (Greenwood Press, 2005); The Historical Dictionary of the Lesbian Liberation Movement: Still the Rage (Scarecrow Press, Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); "Public Discourse: Property Rights, Public Good and NIMBY" in Contested Terrain, Silver and Melkonian, eds. (Greenwood Press, 1995); "'Truth' and Advocacy: A Feminist Perspective ", PS:Political Science and Politics (Dec. 1998).