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Ross Runfola, J.D., Ph.D.next

Ross Runfola

Dr. Ross T. Runfola

Professor, Department of Social Sciences

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About Dr. Ross T. Runfola:

Dr. Ross Runfola is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of the University of Buffalo where he also earned his M.A., Ph.D. and J.D. degrees. He is an award-winning professor, attorney, poet, and journalist, including a piece for the New York Times which was unanimously selected by the nation's sports editors as the best sports feature published in any newspaper or magazine in the United States. He has published hundreds of academic and popular articles, film scripts, and two books, co-writing the textbook Understanding Sociology (2006) and previous to that co-edited the landmark Jock: Sports and Male Identity. He has done post-graduate work at Oxford University and Stanford University. In 1995, Dr. Runfola won first place in the Greater Buffalo Oral Poetry Slam and is a popular, if not controversial, reader in Buffalo as well as other cities.

Among the many journals, his poems have been published in are the Bottle of Smoke Press Six-Pack #2 , nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in Poetry, the Bukowski Review and X-Ray Press #10, which is displayed in the British Museum of Modern Art. He has a chapbook of poems, Up Against the Poetry Establishment: Poetry That Makes Me Literary Road Kill by the Tainted Coffee Press scheduled for publication in 2007 as well as a full-length poetry book by the same press (Ed Kauffman, Ed., GPP Reader: Selections From the Poets of the Guerrilla Poetics Project (2007), and, a selection of poems in a compilation to be published by the Guerrilla Poetics Project (GPP) of which he is a founding member (www.guerrillapoetics.org). Quercus Review has described GPP as the next step in the evolution of poetry following the Harlem Renaissance and the Beats. Dr. Runfola has been selected for every Who's Who he is eligible for, including but not limited to Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in American Education and, has achieved the highest rating for a lawyer in both knowledge and ethics after an anonymous survey of judges and lawyers, in the legal "bible"- Martindale-Hubble. In addition to this prodigious body of work in many areas, he has been cited many times for his charitable endeavors including selection as "The First Annual Community Hero Award" by the United Way for his work as a lawyer, professor, writer, and poet for the disenfranchised poor and, forgotten. Runfola maintains a personal web site.

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B.A., M.A., Ph.D., J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo