Party Systems

Teaching and Advising


I teach courses on American politics, including American National Government (POL 205), Political Parties and Elections (POL 303), and Congress and the Legislative Process (POL 345). I also teach the Division's course on Research Methods in the Social Sciences (POL 420), which is cross-listed between political science, geography, and sociology. 

During the Fall 2016 semester, I taught a service-learning course called Elections in the United States (POL 375). In addition to learning about how elections are conducted, students volunteered to work at a polling place in Jacksonville on Election Day.

In Spring 2017, I am teaching a special topics course on Inequality in the United States (POL 375), focusing on issues dealing with race, gender, sexuality, and income inequality. 

In addition, I serve as Faculty Advisor to the JU chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (the national political science honor society), to the JU Political Science Society (an organization for any JU students interested in politics), and to the JU College Democrats.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

JU students with Jason Fischer

JU Political Science Society students had lunch with Jason Fischer, member of the Duval County School Board and elected in 2016 to the Florida State House.

JU Students Speak on Jax Journal

JU students spoke with Danielle Leigh about the 2016 election on the radio program Jax Journal.

JU students with elected officials

JU students met with Congressional candidate Glo Smith (row 2, left), Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis (row 2, right), and members of the League of Women Voters Jacksonville First Coast (center).

Paulina S. Cossette, Jacksonville University

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Paulina S. Cossette, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of
Political Science
Jacksonville University


Contact information:
2800 University Blvd. North
Jacksonville, FL 32211
email: pripper<at>ju<dot>edu