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Academic School

School of Liberal Arts


Fontaine 315



(845) 575-3000 ext. 2234

Dr. JoAnne Myers

Associate Professor of Political Science; Political Science Internship Coordinator; Director of Public Administration Concentration


Dr. JAM, as her students call her, believes in active citizenship.  An applied political philosopher her students engage with the ideas and practices that bolster civil society and the polity.   

Currently,  she serves as a commissioner  and vice chair for  The Ulster County Human Rights Commission  and on the board of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency (UCRRA) .  Her work on UCRRA brings her back full circle to her work with NYC Dept of Sanitation Office of Resource Recovery. She is an emerita board member and former Chair of the Board of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val Kill. Previously she has served as vice president, and founding member, of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center; President of the Board of The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and on the executive Board of the Grace Smith House. She wrote a bi-monthly column in InsideOUT magazine, and tweets as @feminista54. She served on the editorial board of the Journal: Politics & Gender.  She edited the Fall 2009 issue of the Hudson River Journal, which focused on one of her heroes: Eleanor Roosevelt. 

Her latest book, The Good Citizen: The Markers of Privilege in America (Routledge, 2019) has been featured by local and regional media.  She has authored two 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 September 2013.  She has various chapters in other books on subjects as diverse as feminist philosophy; property rights and NIMBY;  misogyny and a co-authored chapter is to be published this fall “ Dog Whistles, Coded Language, and the Gun-Range Debate.”   

She co-founded what is now the Women Gender and Sexuality program at Marist.  Her courses include various political theory classes, the Politics of Prejudice, Political and Social Movements, Politics of Human Rights, American National Government and Public Administration.

Commissioner, Ulster County Human Rights Commission
Board Member, Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency
Board Member emeritus, Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val Kill

Fall 2020 Office Hours
T, Th 12:30-3  By Confirmed Appointment
Wednesday 3:15-4,  Friday 2-3
Virtual Appointments & Walking Meetings Available
Weekends, evenings, holidays please e-mail me.


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

Research Interests / Areas of Study

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

Selected Publications

The Good Citizen: The Markers of Privilege In America, 1st Edition (Routledge Press, 2019)

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)

Awards and Honors

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