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Jo-Renee Formicola

Jo-Renee Formicola, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Department of Political Science and Public Affairs


A professor of political science, Dr. Jo-Renee Formicola's specific field of study is Church-State relations.

Dr. Formicola's specific field of expertise is Church-State relations. During her tenure at Seton Hall University, she has published extensively on social and religious topics related to the relationship between the Catholic Church and the American government. Dr. Formicola is the author of three books: The Catholic Church and Human Rights (1988); John Paul II: Prophetic Politician (2002); and The Politics of Values (2008).She is the co-author of two other books: The Politics of School Choice (1999)and Faith Based Initiatives and the Bush Administration (2003).She is a co-editor and chapter contributor to three other volumes: Everson Revisited (1997); Religious Leaders and Faith Based Politics (2001); and Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously (2005). She has published extensively in peer-reviewed and is currently the American editor of the Journal of Religion and Politics.


  • Ph.D., Drew University

Academic Distinctions

Dr. Formicola has served as the Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Chair of the Department of Political Science. She was also elected President of the N. J. Political Science Association and the North East Political Science Association. She was named Political Scientist of the Year in the State of New Jersey, and received the University Trustee's Service Award as well. In 2008, she was awarded the Ignatian Award for Professional Achievement by the Le Moyne College Alumnae Board. She currently is a member of the Le Moyne College Board of Regents.



Office Phone
(973) 275-2903


Office Location
Room 506
Jubilee Hall


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