College of Arts & Sciences

Stephen Maynard Caliendo

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Political Science


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Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science at North Central College. His research expertise is in political psychology, political communication, and race and ethnicity studies.

He is co-founder and co-director of The Project on Race in Political Communication and is often asked to provide media commentary on national and local political news, much of which can be found on his YouTube channel.

In addition to his professional social networking sites, you can follow him on Twitter or TikTok. His online scholarly profile includes, ResearchGate, Google Scholar, and Goodreads.

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Selected Scholarship

Caliendo, Stephen M. 2022. Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy’s Promise (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Caliendo, Stephen M. and Charlton D. McIlwain, eds. 2021. The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.

McIlwain, Charlton D. and Stephen M. Caliendo. 2011. Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

McIlwain, Charlton D. and Stephen M. Caliendo. 2014. “Mitt Romney’s Racist Appel: How Race Was Played in the 2012 Presidential Election.” American Behavioral Scientist 58: 1157-1168.

McIlwain, Charlton D. and Stephen M. Caliendo. 2009. “Black Messages, White Messages: The Differential Use of Racial Appeals by Black and White Candidates” Journal of Black Studies 39: 732-743.

Courses Taught

POL 224: Political Psychology

PSC 210: Politics of Music

CARD 200: Liberal Arts and the Problems of Today (senior Gen Ed capstone)