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Political Science

Academic Rank

Professor Emeritus

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Davis, 1975

M.A., Political Science, University of California, Davis, 1970

A.B., Political Science and Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1969

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1974-present

University of California, Santa Cruz, 2015-2020

Administrative and Professional Experience

Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area Television, 1980-present

Political Analyst, KCBS Radio, 2002-present

Selected Publications


Larry N. Gerston, Trumpism, Bigotry and the Threat to American Democracy (Lexington Books, 2024)

Larry N. Gerston, Mary Currin-Percival and Garrick L. Percival. California’s Recall Election of Gavin Newsom: COVID-19 and the Test of Leadership. NY: Routledge. 1st Edition (2023)

Larry N. Gerston. Public Policymaking in a Democratic Society: A Guide to Civic Engagement. 3rd Edition(2022)

California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach, co-authored with Terry Christensen, Mary Currin-Percival, and Garrick Percival, Cengage Publishing Company fifteenth edition, December 2020.

Reviving Citizen Engagement: Policies to Renew National Community, Taylor & Francis Publishing Company, December 2014.

Larry N. Gerston and Terry Christensen. California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach. 13(2014)

Larry N. Gerston. Reviving Citizen Engagement: Policies to Renew National Community. (2014)

Not So Golden After All: The Rise and Fall of California,Taylor & Francis Publishing Company, 2012.

Public Policy Making: Process and Principles, M.E. Sharpe Publishing Company, third edition, 2010.

Confronting Reality: Ten Issues Threatening to Implode American Society (and How We Can Fix it), Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2009.

Public Policy Making in a Democratic Society: A Guide to Civic Engagement, M.E.Sharpe Publishing Company, second edition, 2008.

American Federalism: A Concise Introduction, M.E. Sharpe Publishing Company, 2007.

Recall! California’s Political Earthquake, co-authored with Terry Christensen, 2004.

American Government: Politics, Process and Policies, Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1993.

Politics in the Golden State: The California Connection, co-authored with Terry Christensen, Little, Brown Publishing Company, second edition, 1988.

The Deregulated Society, co-authored with Cynthia Fraleigh and Robert Schwab, Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1987.

Making Public Policy: From Conflict to Resolution, Scott, Foresman and Company, 1983.


Larry N. Gerston. "Throwing Tea into the Pacific" Stuck in the Middle to Lose: The Tea Party Effect on 2010 Senate Elections (2011)

Larry N. Gerston and Terry Christensen. "Initiatives as Catalysts for Racial Politics" Racial and Ethnic Politics in California Vol. 3 (2008)

Larry N. Gerston. "Hands on’ Politics: Nurturing the Democratic Dream" Law Studies (2002)

Larry N. Gerston. "Far Pacific Policy Under the Second Clinton Administration: Opportunities and Obstacles" Leadership in the Pacific Islands: Tradition and the Future (1998)

Larry N. Gerston. "Public Education: Pass or Fail?" The Role and Process of Local Government in California (1987)

Larry N. Gerston. "Public Policy: Turning Issues Into Answers" A Preface to Action (1980)

Larry N. Gerston. "Political Reform: The States vs. The Federal Government" State Government (1977)


Spencer Spider Meets a Bully (children’s book), September 2020.

Spencer Spider Just Wants Friends (children’s book), July 2019.

Wendell the Working Worm (children’s book), October 2018.

The Road to Hana (children’s book), 2016.

The Costco Experience: An Unofficial Survivor’s Guide, second edition, Publishing Company, New York, NY, 2011.


Jinny Rhee, Clifton M. Oyamot, Leslie Speer, David Parent, et al.. "A Case Study of a Co-Instructed Multidisciplinary Senior Capstone Project in Sustainability" Advances in Engineering Education Vol. 4 Iss. 2 (2014)


Brian M. Jenkins, Bruce Robert Butterworth and Larry N. Gertson. "Supplement to MTI Study on Selective Passenger Screening in the Mass Transit Rail Environment, MTI Report 09-05" (2010)


Larry N. Gerston. "Immigration in California: Conflict, Confluence, and Controversy" Mediterranean Quarterly Vol. 15 Iss. 4 (2004)

Larry N. Gerston. "Ethics: Hard to Practice, Harder to Teach" Law Studies (2003)

Peter J Haas and Larry N Gerston. "Political Support for Regional Government in the 1990s: Growing in the Suburbs?" Urban Affairs Quarterly Vol. 29 Iss. 1 (1993)

Larry N. Gerston. "Political Stagnation in Palau" New Zealand International Review (1991)

Constantine P. Danopoulos and Larry Gerston. "Democratic Undercurrents in Authoritarian Seas: The Role of the Military in Greece and the Philippines" Armed Forces and Society Vol. 16 Iss. 4 (1990)

Larry N. Gerston. "Policy Making by Referendum in Palau, Grass-roots Democracy or Political Paralysis?" Asian Affairs Vol. 16 Iss. 4 (1989)

Larry N. Gerston. "Trouble in Paradise: The Obstacles to Political Independence in Palau" New Zealand International Review (1988)

Larry N. Gerston and Terry Christensen. "West Hollywood: A City is Born" Cities Vol. 4 Iss. 4 (1987)

Larry N. Gerston. "Political Leadership in Palau" New Zealand International Review (1986)

Larry N. Gerston and Terry Christensen. "Redefining voter representation: San Jose, California" Cities Vol. 1 Iss. 5 (1984)

Larry N. Gerston, Jerome S. Burstein and Stephan J. Cohen. "Presidential Nominations and Coalition Theory" American Politics Research Vol. 7 Iss. 2 (1979)

Personal Commentary

I see my role in life as a communicator about political values, institutions and issues to a variety of audiences including students, young children, and the general public. For me, these opportunities have been fulfilling and rewarding experiences.



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