Joseph Galbo


Social Science

Hazen Hall 204

Saint John
1 506 648 5921

Joseph Galbo is Professor of Sociology with the department of Social Science. He received his BA in Psychology and Sociology from Brooklyn College (City University of New York), and his MA and PhD in Sociology from York University in Toronto. His research interests include politics and culture, urban geography and ethnography, and film and communications. He teaches courses in film and society, popular culture, and cultural studies. Currently he is the Undergraduate Advisor and Coordinator for sociology. Dr. Galbo has written on a variety of subjects but has a special interest in film, colonial and post-colonial thought, European fascism, and contemporary populist movements.

Copies of Dr. Galbo’s publications are available at Academia and ResearchGate

Selected publications

“Making Sense of Italian Populism: The Five Star Movement and the Lega,” Alternate Routes, A Journal of Critical Social Research, 31 (1) 2020: 51-66.

“Renovating the Colosseum today: protection, modernization, and citizenry, 331-343. Multi-ethnic Cities in the Mediterranean World: History, Culture, Heritage. Eds. Marco Folin and Rosa Tamborino. Association of Italian Urban Studies (AISU). AISU International: 2019. ISBN: 978-88-31277-00-6

“Renovating the Roman Colosseum: Politics, urban restructuring, and the value of heritage in neoliberal times,” European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 6 (3) 2019: 288-316.

“A Decadence Baedeker: D’Annunzio’s The Triumph of Death.” The European Legacy, 22 (1-2) 2017: 1-19.

With Miriam Jones. “David Riesman and Higher Education Reconsidered: The State of the American University Then and Now” 247-268. David Riesman’s Unpublished Writings and Continuing Legacy. Eds. Keith Kerr, B. Harden and Marcus Aldridge. New York: Routledge, 2016.

“Ethnographies of Empire and Resistance: ‘Wilderness’ and the ‘Vanishing Indian’ in Alexis de Tocqueville, “Fortnight in the Wilderness’ and John Tanner, ‘A Narrative of Captivity’ International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 4 (5) 2009: 198-213.

“Anxious Academics: Mission Drift and Sliding Standards in the Modern Canadian University,” Canadian Journal of Sociology, 33 (3) 2008: 404-417.

Albert Memmi: Decolonization and the Decolonized," Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, March-April 2007.

Review of Appadurai Arjun, Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger. Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, November - December 2006.

“From The Lonely Crowd to The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism and Beyond: The Shifting Ground of Liberal Narratives.” The Journal of the History of Behavioral Science XL, 1, (Winter 2004):47-76.

“McLuhan & Baudrillard: Notes on the Discarnate, Simulations and Tetrad.” Marshall McLuhan Major Work Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory. Edited by Gary Genesko, Routledge: 2004.

Review of Jonathan L. Freedman, Media Violence and Its Effect on Aggression: Assessing the Scientific Evidence (Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2002, 227 pp.) for Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology Online Book Reviews. (October-November 2003).

Public Sociology: Sexing the Body. “When a Man Becomes a Women.” Here Magazine: Saint John’s News and Entertainment Voice, June 28, 2000.

Review of Ian Heywood & Barry Sandywell, eds., Interpreting Visual Culture: Explorations in the Hermeneutics of the Visual (Routledge, 1999, 260 pp.) for Canadian Journal of Sociology Online. July-August, 2000.

“Power Rangers, V-Chip Technology, and the Cultural Politics of Media Violence.” Taboo: The journal of culture and education. 1 (Spring 1997): 61–77.

“Sex, Geography and Death: Metropolis and empire in a fascist writer.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 14 (Spring 1996): 35–58.