Dr. Jessica Boscarino
Associate Professor of Political Science
I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Marist College. I received my PhD in American Politics and Public Administration & Policy from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and my BA from Middlebury College. My work focuses on the role of issue framing and rhetoric on the policy process, with particular attention to environmental and energy politics. I am currently working on a project that examines environmental advocacy group communication strategies on social media, and the use of visual elements such as photographs to tell persuasive policy stories. I teach courses in American government, public policy, environmental and energy policy, research methods, and environmentalism in popular culture. I am also passionate about my role as the Co-Chair of the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee at Marist. When not thinking about politics, I enjoy hiking, skiing, and exploring the Hudson Valley and Adirondack Mountains of New York State.
BA, Middlebury College
MAIR, Syracuse University
PhD, Syracuse University
Research Interests / Areas of Focus
- Environmental politics
- Public policy
- Issue framing
- Narrative policy analysis
- Interest groups
“From Three Mile Island to Fukushima: the impact of analogy on attitudes toward nuclear power” (2018) Policy Sciences doi: 10.1007/s11077-018-9333-5
“Setting the record straight: frame contestation as an advocacy tactic” (2016) Policy Studies Journal 44:3, 280-308.
“Paving the way or crowding out? The impact of the rise of climate change on environmental issue agendas” (2015) Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 5:2, 99-110.
“Framing trade-offs: The politics of nuclear power and wind energy in the age of global climate change” with Sarah B. Pralle (2011) Review of Policy Research 28:4, 323-346.
“Surfing for problems: advocacy group strategy in U.S. forestry policy, 1970- 1995" (2009) Policy Studies Journal 37:3, 415-434.
“Governing energy innovation: the case of New York State” with W. H. Lambright and Sarah Pralle, in Sustainable Energy and the States: Essays on Politics, Markets and Leadership, Dianne Rahm, ed. (2006) Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Co.
“Comparing the influence of textual vs. visual policy narratives on the Dakota Access Pipeline: a research design.” American Political Science Association 114th Annual Conference, August 2018.
“Constructing visual policy narratives in new media: the case of the Dakota Access Pipeline.” Midwest Political Science Association 76th Annual Conference, April 2018.
“‘Chernobyl. Fukushima. Indian Point?’ The impact of analogy on attitudes towards nuclear power.” Midwest Political Science Association 74th Annual Conference, April 2016.
“Last line of defense: regulating hydrofracking through the use of Home Rule.” American Political Science Association 109th Annual Conference, August 2013.
“Paving the way or crowding out? The impact of the rise of climate change on environmental issue agendas.” Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Conference, June 2012.
“Controlling crisis: framing the Fukushima nuclear disaster” (Poster Presentation). American Political Science Association 107th Annual Conference, August 2011.
“Framing and counter-framing in agenda setting contests.” New England Political Science Association Annual Conference, April 2011.