Here are brief biographies and photos of each of the contributors to this blog:

Student Contributors

Eric Brower


I am a senior double majoring in Political Science and Siena’s Self-Designed Interdisciplinary Major program concentrated in Athletic Administration. I am also a student-athlete, competing in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track. My interests within Political Science include American national, state, and local government systems, as well as public policy. I am excited to help deserving groups to better understand and remain up to date on government actions and the effects these actions may carry. I believe that government is something that all citizens have a stake in, and helping people to better understand it is one of my passions. In the future, I plan to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Public Administration.

Kevin Callanan


I am a junior at Siena College majoring in Political Science with a Pre-Law certificate. I am originally from New Fairfield, Connecticut and I started to become interested in politics in the beginning of high school by watching political news channels, reading newspapers, and hearing analysis by political commentators. I am most interested in European and American politics, specifically concerning Congressional elections and politics. On campus I am involved with Siena College Political Science Society, the Siena College Democrats, as well the Pre-Law Society.

Samantha Coons


I am a junior Political Science and Management major at Siena College. Over the summer I interned at the New York State Senate for Senator Boyle. I am very excited to be returning to Senators Boyle’s office for the 2016 session as part of the Siena College Internship in Legislative Process. I am honored to be a part of the presidential nomination campaign course to have the opportunity to analyze the 2016 presidential nomination process from multiple angles. My main interest is in Health Care Policy. After graduating from Siena, I plan to get my Masters in Health Service Administration.

McKenzie Franck


I am currently a student at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. I am a junior Political Science major with a certificate in Pre-Law. I grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY and graduated from Saratoga Central Catholic High School. On campus, I am involved in Political Science Society, Republicans Club, and Women’s Club Soccer. I am also Publicity Coordinator for our campus’s RHA and Vice President of Programming for Hennepin Hall. After Siena, I intend to going to law school. After that, I hope to become a lawyer and a future politician once I am established. Outside of school, I enjoy drawing, watching the Yankees, and spending time with my family and friends.

Courtland “Cody” Ingraham


I am a junior from Guilderland, NY. I am currently a History and Political Science double major, specializing in American history and politics. I also have a triple minor in Broadcast Journalism, German, and Pre-Law. I currently serve as the Eastern Regional Director for the College Democrats of New York, as well as the president of Siena’s local chapter. Additionally, I serve as the Speaker Coordinator for the Siena College Political Science Society, whose Voter Registration Week events I coordinated in September 2015. Through my efforts of hosting events to educate students on the importance of voting, Siena’s political clubs registered over 85 students as new voters. I am also working on the NYS Constitutional Convention Initiative to raise awareness about the upcoming 2017 referendum for New York voters. I have worked on campaigns at all levels, most notably Patricia Fahy for NYS Assembly (2012), Cecilia Tkaczyk for NYS Senate (2012), and especially my presidential primary campaign work in January 2016 for Sec. Hillary Clinton. In the future, I aspire to continue educating others on the importance of American history and politics, either in the classroom as a professor or on the campaign trail and in public office.

Aubrey Kirsch


I am a senior History Major with Political Science and Writing Minors. I volunteered for the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. I am exploring careers in Museum Management, Education, and Government. I currently work as a Work Study Student in the Political Science Department at Siena and in retail when on break. My interest in politics stems from my desire to understand political events in history and watching history in the making. I am beginning an Honors Thesis in the History on Human Rights and am looking at Studying Abroad in Ireland. I can be found often in the student union reading a new book each week or working on projects in the Political Science office.

Amanda Knipple


I am a senior political science major with minors in French and women’s studies at Siena College. During our week in New Hampshire I worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and was fortunate to be able to see many speakers, including former President Bill Clinton! My political interests are a little scattered, including development politics, minority politics, public opinion and policy. After Siena, I hope to pursue some kind of career as a public servant and/or to use my skills in a way that can be beneficial to both local and worldwide communities. In my free time I like to read French lit, cross stitch and watch reruns of Parks and Rec.

Kaitlyn Krolik (GRADUATED!)


I am a senior studying Political Science with a History minor. I became interested in the presidency while interning at the White House. I have also interned for the New York State Senate twice. During these experiences, I was able to observe and aid the elected officials for whom I worked in serving their constituents. I am taking this course to gain a clearer understanding of how campaigns function and elections are won. I hope to work on a state senatorial or presidential campaign after graduation.

Keshawn Langhorn


I am a junior Political Science major here at Siena College. I am really interested in American Politics and Law and try to take as many courses as I can on those topics. I find national elections incredibly interesting, so being able to go to the field and work for one first-hand is very exciting. I am originally from Yonkers, NY, and live with my mother, Diane, and pet fish Ferdinand II. I really enjoy playing golf and watching The New York Giants and New York Yankees.

Marlena Mareno


I am a junior honors student with a Political Science major and a Pre-law certificate. I am also considering a minor in Management. I have recently been selected to become a Community Policy Institute fellow (better known as CPI) here at Siena, in which I will have the opportunity to serve community partners with information based on research of policies within our community. I am very excited to be apart of the Political Science Presidential Nomination Campaigns course and have the ability to analyze the election process as a whole. I am particularly interested in public opinion and media influence in association with the election process. I’m very honored to be a part of this excellent group and I’m excited to be able to work with them!

Jack Massaroni


I am a senior Political Science major here at Siena. Currently I have no minor I am working towards, however I am exploring possible options, including Communications and Computer Science. I am from East Greenbush, NY. Other than that I am just a normal guy, I enjoy almost all sports and am a particularly avid supporter of Arsenal FC of the English Premier League. I spend my free time playing video games, hanging out with friends, and playing Magic: The Gathering. I feel there are several career paths open too me and I hope to nail down exactly what I want to do prior to my Senior year. My mother is a lobbyist, and I plan to explore that profession this summer.

Stella Pabis


I am a senior at Siena College. I am an American Studies major, Political Science minor, and am also working on a Pre-Law certification. My primary aspiration is to become a constitutional lawyer who works alongside legislators to ensure that proposed bills meet constitutional requirements. My dream is to work as some future presidential administration’s Chief of Staff. Washington D.C. is my dream city. When I am not obsessing over my plans for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I can be found with a new read or re-watching a television cult classic. I look forward to an engaging Spring 2016 semester.

Nicholas Pozzi (GRADUATED!)


I grew up in Kinderhook, New York and graduated from Ichabod Crane High School in 2012. I am currently a senior political science major at Siena College and am expected to graduate in May. During my time at Siena, I have interned at the Circle of Friends for American Veterans and American Homeless Veterans, as a program coordinator, in the Washington Semester Program. After graduation, I hope to find a job in politics working on a campaign, as a staffer for an elected official, or with an N.G.O. that focuses on education, second amendment rights, or environmental preservation. In addition to these issues, I am also interested in Veterans’ rights, balancing the budget, and zero-based budgeting reform.

Emily Radigan


My name is Emily Radigan. I am a sophomore Undeclared Liberal Arts major who hails from Brooklyn, New York. I am interested in literature, gender studies, and politics. I am excited to blog about the primaries this semester. I write for The Promethean, Her Campus Siena, and volunteer at the Sister Thea Bowman Center for Women.

Brianna Russo


I am a senior political science major at Siena College, however I am currently on track to graduate a semester early in December 2016 with the hopes of continuing on to graduate school in Albany. I commute to Siena from my home in Clifton Park, NY. I wrote my capstone thesis, “Determinants of Political Trust” in the fall semester of 2015 and I am also interested in public policy, public opinion, and polls. My interest in public policy stems from my semester-long internship with Alliance for Quality Education in Albany, NY, where I helped analyze and summarize policies pertaining to education in New York State. Aside from academics, I really enjoy singing and playing guitar; I frequently play live music in my hometown and surrounding areas in the Capital Region.

JaiCe Stinton


I am a junior Political Science Major with a writing minor. On campus, I participate in several clubs, including the Political Science Society, Club Volleyball, and the Mentoring Club. I plan on furthering my education after Siena College in politics. I would like to go to graduate school in either Washington, DC or Albany. I also plan on interning at a politician’s office soon. I would like to work more on campaigns and elections in order to be more prepared for after graduate school. I would like to be a politician for New York State and my end goal is to be a senator; however, I hope to work through all the levels of local and state government. Overall, I’m excited to be at Siena College working on my degree in political science.



Prof. Jack D. Collens, Ph.D.

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I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. My teaching and research interests are quite diverse, but I tend to focus mostly on American political campaigns and elections, with special emphases on congressional elections and the role of the media. I also study American political development (i.e., political history) and the development of American campaigns over time. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, while my Bachelors’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish were completed at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. I’m originally from Covington, LA and miss the fresh seafood! My wife, Lauren, and I currently live in Delmar, NY.