Gerston, Larry N.

Gerston, Larry N.

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Political Science

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Year Retired from SJSU


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Larry Gerston

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-present

Administrative and Professional Experience

Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area Television, 1980-present

Political Analyst, KCBS Radio, 2002-present

Selected Publications


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Spencer Spider Meets a Bully (children’s book), expected 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.

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.


Gerston, Larry N.