Department of Political Science

Dr. Mack D. Mariani

Professor, Political Science
Faculty Director, Take It On
Director, Gene Beaupre State Politics Internship

Mack Mariani, a Buffalo native, is the 2008 and 2018 chicken wing eating champion of Xavier University. He also earned his BA at Canisius College (1991) and his MA and PHD at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (1992, 2006).

In January 2022, Mariani was named faculty director of Take It On, Xavier's non-partisan, values-centered initiative to promote better civic discourse and public engagement.  He also serves at the Founding Director of the Gene Beaupre State Politics Internship Program, department liaison for the Washington Center for Internships, and coordinator of the political science department's local internship program. 

Professor Mariani's teaching and research interests include campaigns and elections, congress and the legislative process, women and politics, and political internships/experiential learning. Mariani is co-author of Diverging Parties (Westview Press, 2003) and co-editor of The Insider's Guide to Political Internships (Westview Press, 2002). His research has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Politics and Gender, The Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, Representation, the International Political Science Review, the Journal of Irish Studies, the Canadian Journal of Irish StudiesComparative State Politics and Terrorism and Political Violence.  His most recent article, "Money Matters: The Impact of Gender Quotas on Campaign Spending for Women Candidates," (with Fiona Buckley, UCC Cork) appears in The International Political Science Review

Mariani has mentored summer research students in the Summers of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 on a number of projects, including research on the gender gap in US elections, party behavior in Ireland, and the impact of institutional changes on descriptive representation and legislative careers in the Ohio General Assembly. 

Mariani has 15 years of political experience, having served as a legislative aide and press secretary for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, chief of staff for the Monroe County (NY) Legislature, and a member of the speechwriting and media relations team serving two Monroe County Executives. Mariani started in politics working as an intern for U.S. Representative Jack Kemp.

Courses Taught:

  • POLI 140 - Introduction to American Politics and Government
  • POLI 246 - Mass Media and Politics
  • POLI 250 - American Political Humor
  • POLI 345 - Congress and Interest Groups
  • POLI 359 - Campaigns, Elections and Parties
  • POLI 367 - Gender and Politics
  • POLI 389 - Seminar: Public Policy
  • POLI 391 - Seminar: American Government
  • POLI 392 - Policy Internship
  • POLI 393 - Advanced Political Analysis
  • POLI 395 - Campaign Internship
  • POLI 397 - Political Internship
  • POLI 399 - Political Communication Internship
  • PPUB 621 - Quantitative Analysis and Research Design

Spring and Summer 2022 Office Hours:

To schedule an office hours meeting, e-mail me at or text professor Mariani at 513-508-6849.  


Parties and Elections, the Legislative Process, Gender and Politics, Internships and Experiential Learning

First Year at Xavier




  • Ph.D. Syracuse University, 2006; M.A. Syracuse University, 1992; B.A. Canisius College, 1991