Margaret Groarke

Associate Professor & Coordinator, Community Based Learning, Political Science


  • PHD, CUNY Graduate Center
  • BA, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges

Courses Taught

GOVT 150      Roots: Government
GOVT 153      Roots: Power and Participation (FYS)

GOVT 203      US Government and Politics

GOVT 306      US Presidency

GOVT 318      Community Organizing for Social Change

GOVT 320      US Parties and Elections
GOVT 330      Western Europe Politics
GOVT 332      Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
GOVT 490      Albany Session Internship
GOVT 491      Washington Center Internship Experience
PEAC 201      Introduction to Peace Studies

  • Research

    My research agenda revolves around voter registration procedures and voter suppression activities. In 2016 I published an article about the use of fraud claims to block voter registration reform. and I am currently doing research on the way states maintain their voter lists, and the use of list purging to disenfranchise voters.

    I also research and teach about the political action of ordinary people, primarily through grassroots social movements and community organizations.   

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities
    • Frances Fox Piven, Lorraine Minnite and Margaret Groarke. Keeping Down the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of the American Voter. New York: New Press, 2009. 


    • “The Impact of Voter Fraud Claims on Voter Registration Reform Legislation,” Political Science Quarterly 131:3 (Fall 2016), 571-596.

    • “Rating the 44th President on Immigration” in Grading the 44th President: A Report Card on Barack Obama's First Term as a Progressive Leader, forthcoming. 

    • “Organizing Against Targets Beyond the Neighborhood,” New Political Science, June 2004. 
    • “Organizing Against Overfinancing: The Northwest Bronx Coalition campaign against Freddie Mac” Bronx County Historical Society Journal (Fall 2002). 
    • “Keepin’ it Real: Community Organizing in the Bronx”, with Jordan Moss, in Ben Shepard and Ron Hayduk, eds. From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization. New York: Verso Books, 2002. 
    • "Power, Agency and Structure:  An Examination of Steven Lukes." New Political Science.  Winter 1994. 

    Reviews/Encyclopedia Articles:

    • “Treme [popular culture review]” New Political Science, Volume 33, Issue 2, 2011
    • “A Taste of Power: A review of Going Public by Michael Gecan” City Limits, January 2003. 
    • “[Book Review] Social Movements and American Political Institutions”, Mobilization Spring 2001. 
    • “America First Party” and “Constitution Party”, in The Encyclopedia of Third Parties in America, Immanuel Ness and James Ciment, eds. New York:  M.E. Sharpe, 2000.
    • “Race to the Bottom: A review of The Campaign: Rudy Giuliani, Ruth Messinger, Al Sharpton and the Race to be Mayor of New York City, by Evan J. Mandery,” City Limits, May 2000. 

    Conference Papers:

    • With Lorraine Minnite, “Purging Voter Lists Under the National Voter Registration Act” Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2009.
    • “A Preliminary Examination of Purging under the NVRA” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 30, 2008.
    • “Vote Fraud: The Impact of Perceptions, Realities and Research on Voter Registration Reform.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2004.
    • “Organizing Against Overfinancing” Presented at the annual meeting of the Peace and Justice Studies Association meeting, October 2003.
    • "Using Community Power Against Targets Beyond the Neighborhood" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, August 2003.
    • “Vote Fraud: The Impact of Perceptions, Realities, and Research on Election Law Policymaking” presented at the American Political Science Association meeting, August 2002. 
    • “NVRA, Competitiveness and Turnout: Preliminary Analysis of the 2000 Election.” Presented at the annual meeting of the [regional] Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, April 26, 2002.
    • “Setting the Stage for National Voter Registration Reform” presented at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting, November 1999. 
  • Professional Experience and Memberships
    Dr. Groarke taught at the City University of New York before coming to Manhattan College, primarily at Lehman College. She worked as a community organizer, at the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, in the 1980s, and has remained very involved in the organization ever since. She currently represents Manhattan College on the NWBCCC board.

    Professional Memberships

    • I was an active board member from 2009 until 2017 of Project Vote.  Project Vote was a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded on the belief that an organized, diverse electorate is the key to a better America. Project Vote’s mission was to build an electorate that accurately represents the diversity of this nation’s citizenry, and to ensure that every eligible citizen can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts.
    • Peace and Justice Studies Association (former Co-chair of the Board)
    • American Political Science Association
  • Other

    I am currently the Coordinator of Community Based Learning. In this role, I assist faculty who want to work with community partners for the mutual benefit of our students' education and the good of the community. For more about this work, see here 

    I am an active citizen, as I encourage my students to be, of the college, the local community, and the national community. Locally, I am an active member of the Fort Independence Park Neighborhood Association and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition.