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Jeffrey Carroll, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Carroll, Ph.D.

Chair, Center for Data & Society
Associate Professor of Political Science
St. Joseph Hall, 2nd Floor, West Wing, SJH214

Jeffrey N. Carroll, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Data & Society (D&S), a faculty collaboration among the computer, mathematical, and social sciences whose mission is to investigate how data and information can be best used to understand the communities in which we live. D&S's programs are comprised of 9 distinct major programs and 13 minor programs that include the Minor in Data Studies for Social Good (DSSG). Jeffrey was recently appointed to a three year term as the First Vice President of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association.

Jeffrey's scholarly interests lie in American Politics with special attention to urban affairs, social geography, and civic engagement. He has served as an invited speaker nationally and internationally in events that center on race, political culture, and campaigns and elections. His work has been published in Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, Commonwealth: Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, Pennsylvania Geographer, and Journal of Political Science Education. Standing research projects delve into the political geography of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania's voters, state and local public policy, racial politics, and an empirical investigation of the idea of "American Exceptionalism" with his long-time collaborator, Dr. David Contosta. Jeffrey's scholarship has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times and Newsweek

Other recent public facing activities include "Beatlab" (Philadelphia's first hip-hop centric music studio that fosters messages of social justice), a political affairs podcast, a student-led radio show on politics and mental health, and numerous initiatives that seek to bolster civic understanding and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Jeffrey is also co-founder of Urbicus LLC, a Philadelphia based non-partisan government relations firm that specializes in research, public relations, training for current and aspiring elected officials and helping communities navigate local government. As an Urbicus partner, Jeffrey played a key role in political campaigns for a number of state and local offices including: PA House and Senate, Philadelphia City Council, Court of Common Pleas, and City Commissioner.

Educational Background: 
  • Ph.D. Political Science, Temple University, 2014
  • M.A. Political Science, Temple University, 2007
  • M.A. Urban Studies, Temple University, 2005
  • B.A. English, Minor: American Studies, Boston College, 2001
Courses Taught: 
  • American Political System
  • Race and the American Political System
  • American State and Local Government
  • Mass Media and Politics
  • Politics of the American Presidency (writing intensive seminar)
  • Senior Seminar
  • Cities and the Environment
  • Globalization and the Transformation of Cities (global awareness seminar)
Scholarly Interests: 
  • American Political Institutions
  • Racial Politics
  • Political Geography
  • Urban Politics and Public Policy
  • State and Local Government
  • Global Cities
  • Hip-Hop Culture
  • Youth Civic Engagement
  • Faculty Senate Executive Board Secretary
  • Advisory Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Curriculum Committee 
  • Students Political Science Association (SPSA) Faculty Advisor
  • Beatlab Faculty Advisor
  • Black Student Union Faculty Advisor
  • Experiential Education Task Force
  • Interim Coordinator for the Political Science and Global Affairs programs (2016-2017 academic year)
  • Outside of the College
    • Advisor. She Can Win, a nonpartisan training program that provides support, mentorship, and education to women who have a passion for civic leadership.
Selected Publications: 
  • Carroll, Jeffrey N. 2021. "How a Hip-Hop Digital Space Became an Outlet for Political Dialogue." Journal of Political Science Education. Vol. 17(sup1). 
  • Carroll, Jeffrey N. 2020. "One Study, Four Cities: Information Impact in Neighborhood Economic Development." Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy. Vol. 14. No. 4.
  • Carroll, Jeffrey N. and John F. McDonald. 2020. "What Explains the Housing Boomlet in the City of Philadelphia?" Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal. Vol. 14. No. 1. 
  • Carroll, Jeffrey N. 2018. “Deep Poverty, High Turnout?: Considering Philadelphia’s Political Geography.” The Pennsylvania Geographer.  Vol. 56, No. 2.
  • Carroll, Jeffrey N. and John F. McDonald. 2018. “Should the Philadelphia Property Tax System Be Modified?” Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy. Vol. 20. No. 1.
Selected Presentations and Workshops: 
  • Invited Keynote. January 2022. "Complexities of Racial Inequality in the 2020's: Skepticism and Hope for a National Dialogue on Race." Gwynedd Mercy University. Gwynedd Valley, PA.
  • Paper Presentation. April 2021. "Kendra Brooks: How Philadelphia's First Third Party At-Large Council Candidate in 100 Years Won Election." Pennsylvania Political Science Association Annual Meeting.
  • Presentation. Ongoing Series. "Real Talk: An Honest Dialogue about American Politics" with Dr. David Contosta. Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Invited Keynote. April 2021. "January 6, 2021: Confronting Race and American Political Institutions." Neumann University. Aston, PA.
  • Invited Keynote. November 2020. "2020 Election Results, National Impact and Marginalized Populations." Lunch and Learn Series. Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Salus University. Elkins Park, PA.
  • Invited Keynote. October 2020. "Protest Politics in the United States and the World." Akita International University. Akita, Japan. 
  • Invited Panelist. October 2020. "Voter Suppression and its Role in the 2020 Election." with Dr. Kevin Davis and Dr. Craig Stutman. Policy and Practice Series. Delaware Valley UniversityDoylestown, PA. 
  • Invited Panelist. June 2020. "I Can't Breathe...A Conversation on Racial Justice and Protests" with Dr. David Contosta. Chestnut Hill College. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Panel Chair. November 2019. "Fault Lines in American Democracy." Undergraduate Research Panel. Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Paper Presentation. September 2019. "How a Hip-Hop Digital Space Became an Outlet for Political Dialogue." American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Teaching and Learning Conference. Washington, DC.
  • Invited Keynote. Ongoing Series. "Citizenship, Expression and the Constitution: At Stake?" Studio Incamminati. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Presentation. December 2018. "Beatlab Grand Opening." Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Presentation. October 2018. "PSEC 2018 Election Series: Pre-Election Panel." Rowan University. Glassboro, NJ.
  • Paper Presentation. April 2018. "Deep Poverty: High Turnout?: Considering Philadelphia's Political Geography"  Pennsylvania Political Science Association Conference. West Chester University. West Chester, PA.
  • Invited Panelist.  November 2017.  "What Does Donald Trump's Presidency Mean for the Rest of the World?"  with Dr. Jacqueline Reich.  Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Invited Keynote. November 2016. "The 2016 Presidential Election: A Millennial Call to Action?" Liberal Arts Multicultural Forum. Delaware Valley University.  Doylestown, PA.
  • Paper Presentation. April 2016. "Should the Philadelphia Property Tax System Be Modified?" with Dr. John F. McDonald. Pennsylvania Political Science Association Conference. Shippensburg University. Shippensburg, PA.
Relevant Experience: 
  • Partner. Urbicus LLC, a Philadelphia based non-partisan government relations firm that specializes in research, public relations, and training for current and aspiring elected officials. 
  • Faculty Consultant.  College Board.  Advanced Placement exam in U.S. Government and Politics.

Professional Organizations:​

  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
    • Sections: Urban Politics, Public Policy, Teaching and Learning
  • Northeastern Political Science Association
  • Pennsylvania Political Science Association 
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society)


  • The Philadelphia Citizen. Print and Web. January 2021. Malcolm Burnley. "Who Didn't Vote in 2020." 
  • The Caves of Altamira. Podcast. January 2021. Dr. Kevin Hockmuth. Episode 3. "A City Way to Live: Digging into Humanity's Urbanization."
  • Newsweek. Print and Web. November 2020. Alexandra Hutzler. "Fact Check: Does Philadelphia Have a 'Rotten History' on Election Integrity as Trump Claims?" 
  • Dust and Dignity. Podcast. August 2019. Dr. Bruce Campbell. Episode 4. Exploration of connections between leadership, social justice, and music.
  • WWDB 860AM. Radio. May 2019. Mark and Denise in the Mornings. Discussion of the Philadelphia primary election.
  • CBS3. Television. December 2018. Eyewitness News. "Grand Opening of the Beatlab Music Studio at Chestnut Hill College."
  • WURD 900AM. Radio. January 2018.  Talking Drumline with Barbara Grant. Discussion of presidential polling and implications of current presidential administration.
  • New York Times. Print and Web. October 2016. Emily Badger. "Fraud Claims in Philadelphia? They Add Up to Zero."
  • Generocity. Web. March 2016. Julie Zeglen. "This CCP student is trying to start a local chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance." 
  • WURD 900AM. Radio. April 2016. Political Roundup with Barbara Grant. Discussion of presidential primary election.
  • CBS3. Television. March 2016. Good Question! With Nicole Brewer. Why are national elections held on Tuesday?