Joseph DiSarro

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Joseph DiSarro
Nationality American
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.[1] In addition to his teaching duties, DiSarro is chair of the Legal Profession Committee[2] and is the Pre-Law Advisor and Director of the college's Pre-Law Program.[3] He has been pre-law advisor Washington & Jefferson College since 1978, guiding approximately 1,117 students to law school as of 2012.[4] Ken Gormley, Dean of Duquesne University School of Law described DiSarro as "one of the most highly respected pre-law advisors in Pennsylvania."[4]

He also serves as faculty advisor for the Pre-Legal Society and Presidents for Liberty student organizations.[5] Several of his former students at Washington & Jefferson College have been served in the United States Congress, including Tom Rooney[6] (FL-16) and Melissa Hart (PA-4).[7]

DiSarro is originally from Westfield, New Jersey.[8] He earned a B.A. from John J. Pershing College,[9] an M.A. from Drew University in 1972,[10] and a Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 1979.[11] Politically, he describes himself as libertarian.[7]

He has appeared on C-SPAN providing political analysis on 2010 Pennsylvania elections[12] and on News Hour with Jim Lehrer analyzing the 2000 Presidential election in Pennsylvania.[13] The subjects of his commentary has ranged from the national implications of the 2010 special election after the death John Murtha,[14] the ability of Pennsylvania State Representative Bill DeWeese to run for re-election while under indictment,[15] the politics of hydraulic fracturing,[16] and the increasing clout of Western Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania State Capitol following the 2010 elections[17] and the rising influence of the Tea Party movement during the 2010 elections.[18] His political analysis on the politics of Pennsylvania has been featured in publications as diverse as CNN,[19] the The Christian Science Monitor,[20] The New York Times,[21] and the English newspaper The Guardian.[22]


  1. ^ "DiSarro, Joseph". Political Science Department, Washington & Jefferson College. Archived from the original on 2012-01-29. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  2. ^ Hannon, Charles (August 17, 2010). "Pre-Law". College Catalog 2011-2012. Washington & Jefferson College. Archived from the original on January 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Pre-Law Program" (PDF). Washington & Jefferson College. June 28, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  4. ^ a b Gormley, Ken (January–February 2012). "The Last Word: A Reply to a Reply". The Pennsylvania Lawyer. Pennsylvania Bar Association. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  5. ^ "Clubs and Organizations". Washington & Jefferson College. Archived from the original on 2012-01-29. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  6. ^ Bennett, George (November 8, 2008). "Tenacity, hard work a Rooney trademark". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  7. ^ a b Polanick, Celanie (October 12, 2008). "Lawmaker defends mailing". Valley News Dispatch. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  8. ^ "Three at Pershing in Who's Who". Beatrice Daily Sun. October 26, 1969. 
  9. ^ "West Virginia Wesleyan College Catalog: 1976-1978". West Virginia Wesleyan College. 
  10. ^ Joseph DiSarro (1972). "Right-wing-traditionalism and political development in the Mezzoogiorno : a case study". Drew University. 
  11. ^ Joseph DiSarro (1979). "The Ninth Amendment and the expansion of natural rights and liberties in American constitutional law a case study". West Virginia University. 
  12. ^ Joseph DiSarro, Greta Brawner (October 29, 2010). Campaign 2010: Pennsylvania Congressional and Gubernatorial Races. C-SPAN. 
  13. ^ "Battleground Pennsylvania" (Transcript). News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Public Broadcasting Service. October 9, 2000. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Erdley, Debra (May 12, 2010). "Indicted Pennsylvania officials unafraid to run". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  16. ^ Schwartzel, Erich (November 13, 2011). "Election showed fracking's key role in region". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  17. ^ Roddy, Dennis B.; Tom Barnes (November 4, 2010). "Harrisburg shifts to GOP control, changes priorities". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  18. ^ "Specter's loss, Paul's victory shake up murky political map". CNN. May 18, 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  19. ^ "Primaries put incumbents on the line". CNN Politics. May 17, 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  20. ^ Chaddock, Gail Russell (May 16, 2010). "Republicans aim for a Scott Brown-style upset in Pennsylvania". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Nasaw, Daniel (March 11, 2008). "Obama adviser calls for Ferraro's sacking". The Guardian. England. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 

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