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Joseph Patten, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD, West Virginia University

Office: Bey Hall , Room 246

Phone: 732-263-5742

Email: jpatten@monmouth.edu

Fall 2016 Office Hours:

Regular Office Hours

Monday: 1 - 4 p.m. (First Year Advising)

Tuesday: 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thursday: 1 - 2 p.m.

Friday: 1 - 2 p.m.

Fall 2016 Courses:

PS 101: Introduction to Political Science: Power and Globalization

PS 298: Policy Debate

PS 306: The American Presidency

Regularly Taught Courses:

PS 101: Introduction to Political Science

PS 103: American National Government

PS 298: Policy Debate

PS 393: Washington Center Course

PS 398: Debate Team

PS 401: Seminar in Political Science

PS 510: Policy Analysis


Joseph N. Patten is chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology and associate professor of political science at Monmouth University where he teaches courses in American Politics.

He received his PhD in political science from West Virginia University in 1996. In 2009, he received Monmouth University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He also serves as the coach of Monmouth University’s Policy Debate Team and as the president of the New Jersey Political Science Association (2012-2013).

He co-authored a textbook titled Why Politics Matter: An Introduction to Political Science (Wadsworth Cengage Publisher) with Dr. Kevin Dooley in 2012.

Research Interests:

American Congress, Public Ethics, and American Politics.

Selected Works:


Co-authored a textbook entitled Why Politics Matters: An Introduction to Political Science (Wadsworth Cengage Publisher) with Dr. Kevin Dooley in 2012 and has published articles on the American Congress and American politics.