Peter Ubertaccio

Associate Professor of Political Science, Founding Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Stonehill College
Areas of Expertise:
  • State & Local Government
  • Voting

About Peter

Ubertaccio's interests have been in American political parties and political development and Massachusetts state politics. He has taught a number of courses on political institutions—the Presidency, Congress, Courts, as well as integrative learning communities—second year courses at Stonehill—combining political science courses with courses in Music. Ubertaccio has developed innovative travel-learning courses that help to introduce his students to practical politics, contemporary events, civic life and have led seminars in, and brought groups of students to, Washington, D.C., New York City, Nigeria, Mexico City, Guatemala, and England.  For over ten years, he has organized two weeks of seminars each May in Washington on politics, power, and policymaking. Ubertaccio is a member of the Board of Directors of the OpenCape Corporation, the JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation, and Boston College’s Woods College of Advancing Studies Program and Academic Council.  




"Machine Politics for the Twenty-first Century? Multi-level Marketing and Party Organization" in The State of the Parties, edited by John Green and Daniel Coffey (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).

Analyzes how network marketing tactics have allowed party leaders to brand their organizations. 

"Wilson's Failure: Thoughts on a New Intellectual Foundation for Political Science" (with Brian Cook). American Political Science Review (2006).

Analyzes Woodrow Wilson’s contributions to the discipline of political science.

"Network Marketing and American Political Parties" in Handbook of Political Management, edited by Dennis Johnson (Routledge Press, 2008).

Discusses the development of network marketing tactics by American political parties, with particular attention to the Republican Party in the era of George W. Bush. 

"Political Parties and Direct Marketing: Connecting Voters and Candidates More Effectively" in The Routledge Handbook of Political Marketing, edited by Jennifer Lees Marshment (Routledge Press, 2011).

Shows how the tactics of direct marketing firms have been employed by American political parties as both a branding mechanism and tool for voter turnout. 

In the News

Peter Ubertaccio quoted on Governor Charlie Baker in Frank Phillips, "Charlie Baker Has Made Great Efforts to Distance Himself from Trump. His Party? Not So Much" The Boston Globe, April 27, 2018.
Peter Ubertaccio quoted on Boston police reform in Jonathan Choe, "Debate Continues over Police Control in Boston's Seaport District" NBC Boston, April 26, 2018.
Peter Ubertaccio quoted on the Republican party in Bob Salsberg, "Differences over Trump Could Emerge at GOP Convention" The Virginian Pilot, April 25, 2018.
"15-Percent Rule at Party Caucuses Contributes to Democracy," Peter Ubertaccio, The Boston Globe, February 28, 2014.
"The State’s Lost Clout in Washington," Peter Ubertaccio, The Boston Globe, July 27, 2013.
Regular contributionsPeter Ubertaccio to MassPoliticsProfs Blog.
Regular contributionsPeter Ubertaccio to HuffPost.