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General Information

Name:  Stephen M Caliendo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1971 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Illinois Connection

Professor Caliendo teaches Political Science at North Central College in Naperville. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stephen Maynard Caliendo grew up in a Western Pennsylvania exurb and later attended Clarion University to study English literature and political science. He earned Master's and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Purdue University and has taught at the University of Missouri--St. Louis and Avila University. With Charlton D. McIlwain (New York University), Caliendo is co-director of The Project on Race in Political Communication (, which seeks to provide information, through social science research and public commentary, about the way race and politics interact with communication.Dr. Caliendo is also a regular analyst for international, national, state and local media outlets including National Public Radio, Al Jazeera English, Radio France Internationale and The Washington Post.Look for his forthcoming book Inequality in America: Fulfilling Democracy's Promise (Westview, 2012)!

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Teachers Matter: The Trouble with Leaving Political Education to the Coaches
ISBN: 027596907X

Praeger. 2000

Caliendo examines the results of a comprehensive study of how students learn about American Government. The working premise is that while many political attitudes formed during adolescent socialization are open to change throughout one's life, latent attitudes that are not salient and, thus, are not challenged with new information provided by media or other communications are more likely to persist into adulthood. He focuses on diffuse support for the United States Supreme Court and argues that how students are taught about the Court in high school is likely to have a particularly lasting effect due to the Court's relative invisibility.

Drawing from interviews with teachers, analysis of Government textbooks, and student surveys, the findings suggest that teachers make a difference in how students perceive parts of the political system (particularly the Supreme Court). This is particularly relevant for more abstract parts of the system since those types of attitudes are unlikely to be challenged through the mass media throughout one's life. Normative discussion of the role of schools in educating for democracy suggests that there is a problem of priority as well as approach. Putting social science on the back burner may have important ramifications, as students are not asked to think critically about the American political system and their role within it. Of particular interest to scholars, researchers, and policy makers involved with social science education and political socialization.

The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity (Routledge Companions)
ISBN: 0415777070

Routledge. 2010

The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity is a comprehensive guide to the increasingly relevant, broad and ever changing terrain of studies surrounding race and ethnicity. Comprising a series of essays and a critical dictionary of key names and terms written by respected scholars from a range of academic disciplines, this book provides a thought provoking introduction to the field, and covers:

  • The history and relationship between "race" and ethnicity
  • The impact of colonialism and post colonialism
  • Emerging concepts of "whiteness"
  • Changing political and social implications of race
  • Race and ethnicity as components of identity
  • The interrelatedness and intersectionality of race and ethnicity with gender and sexual orientation
  • Globalization, media, popular culture and their links with race and ethnicity

Fully cross referenced throughout, with suggestions for further reading and international examples, this book is indispensible reading for all those studying issues of race and ethnicity across the humanities and social and political sciences.

Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns
ISBN: 1439902763

Temple University Press. 2011

Why, when, and how often candidates use race appeals and how the electorate responds

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