|Occupation||Professor and chair in the Department of Political Science at Washington & Jefferson College|
Joseph DiSarro is an American professor and chair in the Department of Political Science at Washington & Jefferson College. In addition to his teaching duties, DiSarro is chair of the Legal Profession Committee and is the Pre-Law Advisor and Director of the college's Pre-Law Program. He has been pre-law advisor Washington & Jefferson College since 1978, guiding approximately 1,117 students to law school as of 2012. Ken Gormley, Dean of Duquesne University School of Law described DiSarro as "one of the most highly respected pre-law advisors in Pennsylvania."
He also serves as faculty advisor for the Pre-Legal Society and Presidents for Liberty student organizations. Several of his former students at Washington & Jefferson College have been served in the United States Congress, including Tom Rooney (FL-16) and Melissa Hart (PA-4).
DiSarro is originally from Westfield, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. from John J. Pershing College, an M.A. from Drew University in 1972, and a Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 1979. Politically, he describes himself as libertarian.
He has appeared on C-SPAN providing political analysis on 2010 Pennsylvania elections and on News Hour with Jim Lehrer analyzing the 2000 Presidential election in Pennsylvania. The subjects of his commentary has ranged from the national implications of the 2010 special election after the death John Murtha, the ability of Pennsylvania State Representative Bill DeWeese to run for re-election while under indictment, the politics of hydraulic fracturing, and the increasing clout of Western Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania State Capitol following the 2010 elections and the rising influence of the Tea Party movement during the 2010 elections. His political analysis on the politics of Pennsylvania has been featured in publications as diverse as CNN, the The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, and the English newspaper The Guardian.
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- Bennett, George (November 8, 2008). "Tenacity, hard work a Rooney trademark". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Polanick, Celanie (October 12, 2008). "Lawmaker defends mailing". Valley News Dispatch (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- "Three at Pershing in Who's Who". Beatrice Daily Sun. October 26, 1969.
- "West Virginia Wesleyan College Catalog: 1976-1978". West Virginia Wesleyan College.
- Joseph DiSarro (1972). "Right-wing-traditionalism and political development in the Mezzoogiorno : a case study". Drew University.
- Joseph DiSarro (1979). "The Ninth Amendment and the expansion of natural rights and liberties in American constitutional law a case study". West Virginia University.
- Joseph DiSarro, Greta Brawner (October 29, 2010). Campaign 2010: Pennsylvania Congressional and Gubernatorial Races. C-SPAN.
- "Battleground Pennsylvania" (Transcript). News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Public Broadcasting Service. October 9, 2000. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Kaplun, Alex (February 26, 2010). "Pa. Special Election Shaping Up as Another Early Test of 2010 Climate". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Erdley, Debra (May 12, 2010). "Indicted Pennsylvania officials unafraid to run". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Schwartzel, Erich (November 13, 2011). "Election showed fracking's key role in region". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Roddy, Dennis B.; Tom Barnes (November 4, 2010). "Harrisburg shifts to GOP control, changes priorities". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- "Specter's loss, Paul's victory shake up murky political map". CNN. May 18, 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- "Primaries put incumbents on the line". CNN Politics. May 17, 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Chaddock, Gail Russell (May 16, 2010). "Republicans aim for a Scott Brown-style upset in Pennsylvania". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Apple, Jr, R. W. (September 10, 2000). "THE 2000 CAMPAIGN: THE VOTERS; Presidential Race is Being Run Hard in Keystone State". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Nasaw, Daniel (March 11, 2008). "Obama adviser calls for Ferraro's sacking". The Guardian (England). Retrieved 2012-01-29.