University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science

Faculty - Anthony Gierzynski

Anthony Gierzynski

Anthony (Jack) Gierzynski, Professor (1992)

  • B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • M.A. Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Area of expertise

American Politics, Media, Campaign Finance, Elections, and Political Parties

Contact Information
Office: Old Mill Room 517
Phone: 802.656.7973

Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-4:00; Thursday 10:00-11:00 or by appointment.

Website: Vermont Legislative Research Shop

Professor Gierzynski's area of study is American politics with specific interests in elections, political parties, and the mass media. He has published three books; Saving American Elections: A Diagnoisis and Prescription for a Healthier Democracy (Cambria Press, 2011), Money Rule: Financing Elections in America (Westview Press 2000), and Legislative Party Campaign Committees in the American States (University Press of Kentucky 1992). He has published several articles on the financing of state legislative campaigns in Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Review of Politics, and Women & Politics. He has also written several book chapters for edited volumes including three chapters in Campaign Finance in State Legislative Elections, one for The Financing of the 2000 Election, and another on the effect of The Daily Show. He has been part of research teams awarded grants by the National Science Foundation and the Joyce Foundation to study the financing of elections at the state and local level. And, he has been an expert witness and consultant in several court cases testing campaign finance laws, including Landell v Sorrell, a case ultimately settled by the U.S Supreme Court. Professor Gierzynski is the Director of the James M. Jeffords Center's Vermont Legislative Research Service.  He is currently working on a book on the effects of the Harry Potter series on the Millennial Generation and a book on politics and the media.

Just published:

harry potter bookAnthony Gierzynski's latest book, Harry Potter and the Millennials presents research on the political effects of the popular series. The research grew out of collaborative projects with students in his "Film, TV and Public Opinion" seminar, readings & research projects, and Julie Seger's (Class of 2011) honors thesis. The book is available from Amazon.