Giacomo (Jack) Gambino Envelope

Professor of Political SciencePolitical Science

Contact Information:
[email protected]
Ettinger Hall 308c


Courses Taught

  • PSC 201 Political Ideologies
  • PSC 260 American Political Thought
  • PSC 262 Utopia & Its Critics
  • PSC 264 Politics & Public Space
  • PSC 349 Democratic Theory
  • PSC 357 War & Justice
  • PSC 450 Seminar on Modernity & Its Discontents


  • M.A., Ph.D. Duke University
  • B.A. Rutgers University


Jack Gambino began teaching at Muhlenberg in 1990 after earning his Ph.D. in political theory from Duke University.  He teaches courses in political theory, including Political Ideologies, War and Justice, Utopia and Its Critics, American Political Thought, Politics and Public Space and an upper level seminar entitled Modernity and Its Discontents.    He has taught many First Year Seminars, including Sprawl: Life in Suburbia and Godfathers and Madonnas: The Making of Italian American Identity. He also team teaches a course with Dr. Hashim in Sustainability Studies that examines climate change and sustainable development in Bangladesh. In addition to Bangladesh, he has developed and co-directed study abroad program in London.  Dr. Gambino’s research interests focus on the intersection of art and politics in political writers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and George Orwell, as well as on the just war tradition and civic education.  In addition to serving as Chair of the Political Science Department 2006-2012, he served as director of Environmental Studies (2000-2008) and of the Hewlett-funded Public Engagement Project (1999-2003). He is currently co-director of the Philosophy/Political Thought interdisciplinary major. Dr. Gambino is the recipient of two teaching awards, the Paul C. Empie Memorial Award (2001) and the Donald and Anne Shire Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2002-2003


Book Review of Human and Environmental Security: An Agenda for Change ed. Dodds and Pippard, for Peace and Change, Vol. 33, No. 1, January 2008.

 “Ambiguous Afterlife: Book Review of Every Intellectual's Big Brother: George Orwell's Literary Siblings, by John Rodden,” for Review of Politics 70 (2008).

“Demolition Zones: Contemporary Photographs by Edward Burtynsky and Camilo Jose Vergara.”  Article in Writing Analytically with Readings, by Jill Stephen and David Rosenwasser.(Thomson/Wadsworth, 2008)

"Nietzsche and the Greeks: Identity, Politics, and Tragedy."  Polity, (Summer, 1996)

“Searching for Justice in an Age of Terror” in Aftermath: Thinking about September 11th.  Occasional Papers of the Center for Ethics and Leadership, Vol. 1, No. 1 Spring 2002.