Joanne Grasso, D.A., is an adjunct associate professor of History and Political Science specializing as an "Americanist" in the areas of the American Revolution, the American Presidency, and the Founding Documents, particularly in political and intellectual history. She also teaches Philosophy and Interdisciplinary courses and holds an interdisciplinary Doctor of Arts degree in Modern World History, two Master of Arts degrees in History and Government and Politics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Economics and Society. Grasso is a member of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG), the American Revolution Round Table (ARRT) in New York City, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Her past career was in the travel industry, and she has traveled extensively internationally and throughout the United States, particularly to historic sites.

Recent Projects/Research

  • "The American Revolutionary Women of Long Island 1774-1783" (in progress)


  • "George Washington's 1790 Grand Tour of Long Island" (July 2018)
  • "The American-Revolution on Long Island" (August 2016)

Courses Taught

  • American History I
  • American History II
  • Long Island History: 1600 – 1790
  • Environmental History
  • Contemporary World History
  • American Government and Politics
  • Politics of Change
  • Comparative Politics
  • Public Administration
  • The Modern American Presidency: Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush
  • American Public Policy
  • Government and Metropolitan Problems
  • Seminar in Economics of Sustainable Growth
  • Bioethics
  • Legacy of Socrates
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Birth of Philosophy and Science
  • Foundations of Inquiry
  • Great Cities

Professional Honors & Awards

  • May 2018, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Excellence in Teaching Award
  • March 2018, Society for History in the Federal Government, conference paper, "George Washington and New York City: The New Federal Government", Shepherdstown, WV
  • June 2016, National Endowment for the Humanities, "Westward Expansion and the U.S. Constitution in the Early Republic," two weeks, hosted by the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • May 2010, National Endowment for the Humanities, "American Lyceum and Public Culture," one week, hosted by Northeastern University, Boston
  • June 2008, National Endowment for the Humanities, "Revolution to Republic: Philadelphia's Place in Early America", one week, hosted by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Philadelphia
  • July 2007, National Endowment for the Humanities, "Encountering John Adams: Boston and Braintree", one week, hosted by Boston College

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