Joseph Fornieri

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IntroAmerican historian
Is Historian
From United States of America
Type Social science
Birth27 June 1965
Age55 years


Joseph R. Fornieri (born June 27, 1965) is an American political historian and Professor of Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is an expert on the political ideology of Abraham Lincoln.
Dr. Fornieri is a Lincoln Historian by day, but a Jazz musician by night. Frequenting Rochester New York’s pubs and bars, “The Emancipators” fill the air with classic rock and smooth blues. Although Dr. Fornieri is primarily professionally focused on Lincoln, his works often contain echoes of ancient Greek society, Christian values, and woven in are also illusions to significant Rochester figures (Susan B. Anthony and Fredrick Douglas being two of his favorites). Joseph Fornieri can be best described as a man with many passions, and as a philosopher educator.
In 2005, he was presented the Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011, he was presented the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching.
He is a 1987 graduate of SUNY Geneseo. He is a member of Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity He resides in Fairport, New York.


  • Fornieri, J. R. (2003). Abraham Lincoln’s Political Faith. 218 pages. Northern Illinois University Press.
  • Deutsch, K. L. and Fornieri, J. R. (2005). Lincoln’s American Dream: Clashing Political Perspectives. Potomac Books.
  • Fornieri, J.R. (2003). The Language of Liberty: the Political Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln / Edited by Joseph R. Fornieri. 824 pages. Regnery Publishing, Inc.