Gerry Pomper's Website


Gerald M. Pomper is Board of Governors Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) at Rutgers University.


Mail: Eagleton Institute of Politics, 191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8557

Phone: (732)  932-9384/ X222              FAX: 732-932-6778                 E-Mail:








To meet me, see my professional biography


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Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy  has now been published by Yale University Press.

            The Press has honored me by nominating the book for the Pulitzer Prize.

I hope it will be remembered as my best work. See the Table of Contents and the catalogue description. 

I invite you to read the first chapter: We Call Them Heroes. 

A Theoretical Model omitted from the book can be found at this link.



Negative Campaigning

Rick Lau and I will soon publish this book, with Rowman and Littlefield. The core of the book is three previous articles in scholarly journals. Link to the list of articles:  negative campaigning. The book will be available after July of 2004.


The Future of American Democratic Politics

As Interim Director  of the Walt Whitman Center in 2001-02, I arranged a symposium on the theory and institutions of American politics. These papers - by 13 prominent scholars - have now been edited by Marc Weiner and myself, and published by Rutgers University Press. See the Table of Contents at:  Rutgers Symposium.


The Election of 2000

Chatham House published the seventh - and last - in our quadrennial series, begun in 1976, on American national elections. Contributors include Anthony Corrado, E. J. Dionne, Kathleen Frankovic, Paul Herrnson, Marjorie Hershey, William Mayer, Monika McDermott, and Carey McWilliams. The book is now distributed by Chatham House's successor, Congressional Quarterly Press.


For the table of contents, click The Election of 2000. For the cover, go to: 2000 cover

.For a chart depicting the issues and traits affecting the presidential vote, click:  Chart2000.

  Also see my postscript on the Florida recount


News and Notes


My son Miles and I have published a chapter on Jewish Party Politicians in Jews in American Politics, edited by Sandy Maisel (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001). Marlene M. Pomper contributed eighteen biographical sketches to the book. An updated  paperback edition was published in 2003.


My colleague Marc Weiner and I have completed the revision of our APSA paper,


The original paper was presented at APSA 2000.

      The revision is now available in Responsible Partisanship?, edited by

     John Green and Paul Herrnson, published by the University Press of Kansas in 2002.


For my early, but dismal, forecast of the 2004 presidential election, see my article, The Presidential Election ,. in the new electronic journal, The Forum.  After the election, I will be writing an analysis for Michael Nelson's book, published by CQ Press. Formerly competitors, Nelson and I will now be collaborators.


In January 2001, I formally retired from Rutgers University, but I am still actively teaching and writing.

See photos of the joyous retirement dinner




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