University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

New CAS Faculty

Professor Ellen Andersen

Ellen Andersen

Associate Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies

Ellen Ann Andersen, Associate Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies, received her B.A. in Government from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She comes to UVM from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), where she taught for nine years.

Her research revolves around two major themes: the efforts by social movement actors to mobilize the legal and political systems to rectify perceived injustices and the ways in which existing institutional arrangements structure the options available to those actors. Her book, Out of the Closets and into the Courts: Legal Opportunity Structure and Gay Rights Litigation, explores the promise and limits of legal mobilization as a tactic for advancing gay rights claims. Her work on AIDS activism has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and Political Behavior. She is currently engaged in a large-scale survey of the same-sex couples who married in California, Oregon, and Massachusetts during 2004.

Dr. Andersen will be teaching Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties, Sex and Politics, and the advanced seminar on women's and gender studies in the 2008-09 academic year.

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