Through the annual St. Germain lecture series, the political science department honors and remembers Professor James St. Germain with great fondness and appreciation for his many contributions to Merrimack College and its students.

Professor James J. St. Germain and his wife Frances Steffy St. GermainProfessor James J. St. Germain and his wife Frances Steffy St. GermainAbout Professor St. Germain

Professor James J. St. Germain taught at Merrimack College from 1951 to 1981 in the history, political science and social science departments. He served as chair of History and later, after its establishment as an independent department, the first chair of Political Science in 1965.

A native of Connecticut, he made Massachusetts his home when he moved here to teach at Merrimack. A graduate of Providence College, he received his master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. Upon his retirement from Merrimack in 1981, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Social Science by the college.

Professor St. Germain not only taught American politics and government, he was an active and founding member of the town of Andover’s Democratic Town Committee. He encouraged all his students to be actively involved, informed and aware citizens and helped many students go on to graduate or law school and to careers in government and public service. He and his wife, Frances, opened their home to students and hosted many events there including evenings spent watching reruns of presidential elections.

A world traveler himself, he urged students to travel, work and study in other countries. He was an enthusiastic and early advocate of programs like the Peace Corps, which provided participants an opportunity to do community service and experience of other societies and cultures. 

Past Speakers

Dr. Diane Rigos (2017)
Executive Director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design, MIT

Seth Moulton (2016)
Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

Marguerite Kane (2015)
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science.
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Sean Casey (2014)
Government Consultant and former student of James St. Germain, Class of ’79, and a Harry S. Truman Scholar 

Jonathan W. Blodgett (2013)
District Attorney of Essex

Hon. Timothy F. Sullivan (2012)
Associate Justice, Housing Court

Niki Tsongas (2011)
Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives

Barbara L’Italien (2010)
Massachusetts State Senator and Class of ’84

Additional Past Speakers

Lisa Moody (Class of ’81)
Chief of Staff, Governor of Connecticut 

Ranch C. Kimball
President & CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center, Advisor

Dr. Eugene DeClercq
Associate Dean for School of Public Health at Boston University

Timothy R. Murphy
Secretary of Health & Human Services under Governor Mitt Romney

Courtney Sullivan (Class of ’98)
Acting Budget Director, Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee

James Borghesani
Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift 

Daniel A. Grabauskas
Secretary of Transportation for Massachusetts 

Terry McAuliffe
Chair, Democratic National Committee