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Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.

Professor, Political ScienceProvost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Contact Information

Office: Lawrence Administration Center Room 315
Phone: 215.951.1015
Email: marbach@lasalle.edu
Website: http://www.lasalle.edu/provost/


Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D. is currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at La Salle University and Professor in the Department of Political Science. Prior to arriving at La Salle, he served as Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University, where he was also a Professor and former Chair in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Marbach is an award-winning radio analyst and a frequent commentator on New Jersey and national politics. He is the immediate past President of the New Jersey Political Science Association and has served on the council of the American Political Science Association’s Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations. He is a fellow with the Pennsylvania Policy Forum and also served as a fellow of the Rutgers University Ethics Initiative. Professor Marbach is an active participant in the Global Dialogue on Federalism, sponsored by the Forum of Federations and International Association of Centers for Federal Studies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Federalism
  • State and Local Government (Pennsylvania and New Jersey Politics)
  • American Political System


  • Ph.D. Temple University
  • M.A. Temple University
  • B.A. La Salle University


  • American Political System
  • American Federalism
  • New Jersey Government and Politics
  • International Relations
  • State and Local Government
  • United States Congress
  • Urban Politics


  • “History and Politics,” Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape, edited by Maxine Lurie and Peter O. Wacker, Rivergate Books (an imprint of Rutgers University Press), 2009.
  • Editor-in-Chief and Contributor, Federalism in America: An Encyclopedia, Ellis Katz and Troy Smith, co-editors. Greenwood Publishing, 2006.
  • Editor and Contributor, Opening  Cybernetic Frontiers: The Cities of the Prarie, by Daniel J. Elazar, Joseph R. Marbach, Stephen Schechter, Rozann Rothman, Maren Allen Stein and Karl Nollenberg.Transaction Publishers, 2004.
  •  “Garrett Defeats Sumers in New Jersey’s Fifth District Race,” in Robert Dewhirst and Sunil Ahuja, eds. The Roads to Congress, 2002. Book Masters, Inc., 2003.
  • “Intergovernmental Lobbying for the Passage of TEA-21,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 32, 1 (Winter, 2002): 45 – 64.
  • “Santorum Defeats Klink in Pennsylvania’s Senate Race,” in Robert Dewhirst and Sunil Ahuja, eds. The Roads to Congress, 2000. Wadsworth, 2001.
  • “A Resource Guide to the Study of Contemporary Pennsylvania Politics and Government,” Commonwealth: A Journal of Political Science, 10 (1999): 88 – 103.


  • The Federalists’ View of the Presidency,” and The Concept of Covenant in Early Federal Theory,” Bronx Community College, The Hall of Fame for Great Americans Enrichment Seminar, supported by NEH, Summer Seminar.
  • “Lobbying, Advocacy and Campaign Finance Reform,” Morris County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast.
  • Pre-Civil War Constitutional Interpretations,” “The Progressive Era,” “Federalism in the Twentieth Century,” at the Fulbright Summer Institute, “U.S. Constitution: Origins, Evolution and Contemporary Issues,” hosted by Lafayette College.
  • “The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787 – 2001,” Office of Legislative Services, New Jersey State Legislature, Trenton, NJ.
  • “Federalism and the Road to Civil War,” “The Federal Union Asunder,” “The New Deal and New Federalism” and “Fiscal Federalism and Social Welfare” at the United States Information Agency Summer Institute on American Federal Democracy, hosted by Lafayette College.
  • “An Overview of American Federalism: From Madison to Gingrich,” at the Council of Governors’ Policy Advisors annual meeting, Alexandria, VA.
  • “Local Economic Development Strategies in the United States,” Leadership of Local Chief Executives and Reform of Local Government Conference, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea.

For a full c.v. please email me at Marbach@lasalle.edu

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