Introducing Frank Bryan: Material for Event Coordinators

Frank Bryan is the John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont where he has taught since 1977. Prior to this he spent two years as chair of the Political Science Department at Montana State University in Bozeman. He taught Political Science at St. Michael’s College from 1968-1974 after receiving his doctorate at the University of Connecticut. He is a graduate of Newbury (VT) High School.

Bryan is known throughout New England both as a humorist and a serious scholar.  Among the books he has written are Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How It Works; The Vermont Papers; and The Vermont Owner’s Manual.  He has been chosen “one of New England’s leading humorists” by Yankee magazine; and the Boston Globe credited him with writing “one of the most original political analyses ever written about New England.”  Nationally his work has drawn the attention of such publications as the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times.

He has appeared on CBS’s Sunday Morning, the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, and more recently with Brian Williams, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, Bill Moyers’ The Public Mind, and featured in Ted Turner’s Portrait of America film series.

In 2008 Marlboro College presented Bryan with an honorary doctorate on the occasion of his commencement address at the College.

Bryan is a former Golden Gloves boxer (Vermont and Connecticut) and rodeo bull rider (Montana).  His current interests include hunting, fishing, and trapping; oxen; stamp collecting; and poker.


Other books that Frank has authored or co-authored:

Scholarly Books:

Other Books:

Politics in the Rural States

Real Vermonters Don’t Milk Goats

Yankee Politics in Rural Vermont

The Very Latest Vermont Quiz Book

Readings in American Government

The Vermont Quiz Book


Out! The Vermont Secession Book


Out of Order


All Those in Favor: Rediscovering the          Secrets of Town Meeting Democracy



Current Address:


503 Old Mill, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405





B.A.     St. Michael’s College

M.A.     University of Vermont

Ph.D.   University of Connecticut