Joseph Coelho
Dr. Joseph Coelho

Associate Professor, Chair, Political Science Department

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 307
Phone Number: 508-626-4571
Email: jcoelho2@framingham.edu

Spring 2024 Office hours: Tuesday 9:00am-10:00am, Wednesday 9:30am-11:30am & by appointment.

Dr. Joseph Coelho holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Northeastern University. He has written extensively in the areas of post-conflict state-building, civil society and democratization in the Western Balkans. Dr. Coelho is currently writing on issues of populism, religious identity, and counter-terrorism in the region.

Areas of specialization: International Relations; comparative politics; nationalism; democratization; and peace-building.

Courses Regularly Taught:

Introduction to World Politics
Model United Nations
The Politics of Globalization
Comparative Politics
Building Peace After Conflict
The Global Rise of Populism
Threats to International Security in the 21st Century
Film and World Politics 

Giuliano Espino
Dr. Giuliano Espino

Assistant Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 309
Phone Number: 508-626-4801
Email: gespino@framingham.edu

Spring 2024 Office Hours: by appointment

Giuliano is an assistant professor of political science, teaching American government and public policy courses. He graduated from Framingham State University as a political science major in 2016. Giuliano finished his PhD at Northeastern University in 2023, writing his dissertation on the role of international organizations in shaping domestic policymaking. His empirical areas of research focus on drug and chemical regulations, having been published in several flagship journals. When he is not working on teaching and research, Giuliano is a father of two girls alongside being an internationally renowned competitive gamer.

Julia L. Maycock, Esq.

Visiting Lecturer

Office: Remote
Phone Number:
Email: jmaycock@framingham.edu

Julia L. Maycock is a visiting lecturer in the Political Science Department at FSU. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in cultural anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. She was a reporter with the Springfield Daily News covering education before earning her juris doctorate at Western New England University Law School. After graduation, she worked at the Housing Discrimination Project in Holyoke and with the attorney representing the Springfield Firefighters Union before moving to the north shore to establish her own practice.

Ms. Maycock has taught at Westfield State University in the Political Science Department since 2003. She teaches law-track courses including Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties. Ms. Maycock taught in classes in the Ethnic and Gender Studies and English Departments at WSU. She began teaching at FSU in the Spring of 2021. Prior to that she was a visiting professor at Northeastern Law School where she taught legal research and writing for two years in the Legal Skills in Social Context Program.

Attorney Maycock is a seasoned litigator. She had a solo practice representing families involved in Care & Protection cases in the juvenile courts for 20 years. She also did guardian ad litem work and was a certified independent court investigator in Essex County.

She has a passionate interest in Constitutional law and history along with a love of Native American history, art, and culture.

Thomas Severo
Thomas Severo

Visiting Lecturer

Phone Number:
Email: tsevero@framingham.edu

Thomas Severo is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Global Studies, and Law. He is a graduate of Holy Cross, where he earned his bachelor’s, and of Suffolk University, where he earned his doctor of jurisprudence. A litigator by training, Thomas has been teaching since 2017. He brings to Framingham State a wealth of experience from his practice in the areas of immigration, ESOPs, and insurance defense, as well as a passion for experiential education. In addition to his course-load and ongoing legal practice, he is currently serving as lead petitioner in a student-driven entreaty to the Department of Transportation regarding an amendment to the Code of Massachusetts Regulations.

Dr. David Smailes

Associate Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 310
Phone Number: 508-626-4766
Email: dsmailes@framingham.edu

Spring 2024 Office hours: Tuesday 10:30am-12:00pm, Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm, Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm, and by appointment

Dr. David Smailes is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Framingham State University. Dr. Smailes received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his B.A. from the College of Wooster in Ohio. His research interests include American political history, the presidency and American political thought.

Dr. Smailes is also the Program Director for the Masters in Public Administration program at FSU, as well as an instructor in that program.  He is also a frequent presenter on American politics in a variety of venues in the Metrowest area.

Prior to joining the Framingham State community, Dr. Smailes taught at Westfield State University and Regis College.

Areas of specialization: American politics (including all three branches of government), public administration, political theory and American political history.

Courses Regularly Taught:

Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to American Politics (Honors)
Legislative Politics and Policy
The Presidency: Politics and Administration
American Political Thought
Political Analysis
Bureaucratic Politics
Public Budgeting