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Faculty and Staff

Damien Picariello

Title: Assistant Professor of Political Science
Department: Division of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
USC Sumter
Phone: 803-938-3812
Office: Schwartz Building, Room 139
Resources: Merit Page

Teaches or has taught the following courses

POLI 201 (American National Government)
POLI 357 (Film, Politics, and Social Change)
POLI 302 (Classical and Medieval Political Theory)
POLI 111 (Controversies in American Politics)
POLI 399 (Independent Study: Modern Political Theory)


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan, 2014
M.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 2013
B.A., Political Science (honors), Baruch College, 2008


“‘Machevil’ and Machiavellianism in Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta,” forthcoming in The Journal of Political Science, Volume 46 (2018)“Boxing in Paul Pfeiffer’s Caryatids and Three Figures in a Room,” with Amy Sadao, forthcoming in INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, Issue 7 (2017)

Review of Waller R. Newell, Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror and Paul A. Rahe, The Spartan Regime: Its Character, Origins, and Grand Strategy, in Perspectives on Politics, Volume 15, Issue 3 (2017)

"Aeschylus and the Binding of the Tyrant," with Arlene W. Saxonhouse, Polis: The Journal of Ancient Greek Political Thought, Volume 32, Issue 2 (2015)


Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, 2017
Presenter, “‘This is our Town’: Political Community in High Noon and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”
Discussant, “Contested Speech and the State

”USC Sumter Faculty Organization Seminar Series, 2016
Presenter, “‘This is our Town’: Political Community in High Noon and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

”Southern Political Science Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2016
Presenter, “‘Machevil’ and Machiavellianism in Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta”
Discussant, “Rousseau, the General Will, and the Common Good”


"The challenge of self-government," in The Sumter Item
"Campers go inside the courtroom at 'Mock Trial'," in The Sumter Item 
"On Presidents Day, turn to Lincoln," in The Sumter Item

Professional memberships

Member, Southern Political Science Association
Member, Association for Political Theory


Tournées Film Festival Grant (with Andrew J. Kunka), French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Council (2017, 2016)
Teaching Innovation Grant in Integrative Learning (with Anna Oswald-Hensley), USC Center for Teaching Excellence and Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning (2016)
USC Sumter Travel Grant (2016, 2015)
USC Sumter Summer Scholarship Stipend (2016)
Palmetto College Online Course Development Grant (2016)