Brigid Harrison

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Professor, Political Science and Law
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Adjunct or Visiting Specialist from prior semester, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Dickson Hall 205
Dickson Hall
973 655-7923
973 655-7911
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BA:Stockton State College
MA:Rutgers University
PhD:Temple University
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Brigid Callahan Harrison, 47, is Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University. Harrison teaches courses in American politics, and is the author of American Democracy Now (McGraw-Hill Publishers, first edition, 2009; second edition, December; third edition, 2012); A More Perfect Union (McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2010), Power and Society (Wadsworth, 2012) and Women in American Politics (Wadsworth, 2003), and various journal articles.
A frequent commentator in print and electronic media on U.S. politics, Harrison often provides regular political analysis to FOX News and FOX Business News, and has provided commentary to ABC News, BBC, BBC America, and local affiliates of ABC, NBC, and CBS. She has often provided commentary on national and state politics to various NPR radio programs, including NPR News, the Brian Lehrer Show, and Marty Moss-Coane. She writes a weekly column on New Jersey politics in the Sunday editions of The Bergen Record, and her editorials have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Star-Ledger, and The Press of Atlantic City.
Harrison’s research interests include Congress and the Presidency, and American public opinion. She is an expert on the politics of the Millennial Generation. A former president of the National Women’s Caucus for Political Science, section chair of the Northeast Political Science Association, she currently is President-Elect of the New Jersey Political Science Association, and has served as president of the Midwest Women’s Caucus for Political Science.
Inducted into the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of fame in 2009, she also was the recipient of the “Distinguished Alumna of the Year” from the Richard Stockton College Council of Black Faculty and Staff, and the Atlantic County Zonta’s “Women Who Make a Difference” award. A graduate of Holy Spirit High School, she received her B.A. from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, her M.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and her Ph.D. from Temple University, where she was a national MENSA graduate fellow.
Working within her community, Harrison is a charter member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Atlantic County United Way. She also has served on the boards of the Atlantic County Women’s Center and the American Cancer Society – Atlantic County Unit. She is a member of the South Jersey chapter of Families with Children from China, and is membership chair of the Smithville Elementary Parent Teacher Association.
Brigid’s hobbies include running, paddleboarding, kayaking, yoga, traveling, and reading. She lives in Galloway, New Jersey with daughters Caroline, 18 and Alexandra, 12, and son, John, 9.


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