Gerald Pomper is Board of Governors Professor of Political Science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics of Rutgers University (Emeritus). A specialist in American elections and politics, he is the author or editor of nineteen books, including Passions and Interests, Elections in America, and Voters’ Choice. His most recent books are The Election of 2000, the seventh volume in a 24-year series on U.S. national elections, and The Future of American Democratic Politics, a year-long symposium he developed while Interim Director of the Walt Whitman Center at Rutgers. His book on Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy will be published by Yale University Press in 2004.
Educated at Columbia and Princeton, Dr. Pomper also has been a Fulbright or visiting professor at Tel-Aviv University, Oxford, and Australian National University, and held the first Tip O'Neill Chair in Public Life at Northeastern University. He has been honored for career achievement by the American Political Science Association and has served as an expert witness on campaign finance, reapportionment, and political party regulation. At Rutgers for over forty years, he was chairman of the University and Livingston College political science departments and chaired a select committee that proposed major changes in undergraduate education on the New Brunswick campus.
His civic activities include eight years on his local board of education, current membership on his local zoning board, summer institutes for high school teachers, evaluations for New Jersey's former department of higher education, and service as chair of the Free Speech committee of the American Civil Liberties Union.
In January 2001, Gerald Pomper formally retired from Rutgers University, but has been still actively teaching and writing.