University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science


Faculty - Ellen Andersen

Ellen Andersen Associate Professor (2008)

Area of expertise

American Politics, Civil Rights

Contact Information
Office: Old Mill Room 525
Phone: 802.656.4054

Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:00; Wednesday/Friday 10:45-11:45 or by appointment

Professor Andersen specializes in American politics and public law. She is particularly interested in how individuals and social movements try to use the law to effect social change. One of her current research projects focuses on the politics of same-sex marriage. Another looks at the multi-movement activism. Her book, Out of the Closets and into the Courts: Legal Opportunity Structure and Gay Rights Litigation, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2005. An updated paperback version came out in 2006. Her work has also appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and Political Behavior. Professor Andersen holds a joint appointment in the Women's and Gender Studies Program.