Ellen Andersen

Ellen Andersen

At a Glance:

Ellen Andersen has been a Project Contributor since January 2006, has written 66 entries and currently lives in Burlington, Vermont.


Ellen Andersen is an associate professor of political science and women's and gender studies at the University of Vermont where she teaches civil liberties and the politics of sexuality. She is the author, most recently, of Out of the Closets and into the Courts: Legal Opportunity Structure and Gay Rights Litigation (University of Michigan Press). She lives in Burlington with her partner of 16 years and their delightful daughter.

Ellen Andersen: Recently Filed

Maine: What Happens Next

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 06, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

As Nancy Polikoff has noted, Maine recorded a number of "firsts" today. It became the first state to pass marriage equality without first trying a quasi-parallel status such as civil unions. And Maine's Gov. Baldacci became the first governor in...Read More

Judging Supreme Court Possibilities

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 06, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

There's a frenzy-fest of speculation over potential nominees to the Supreme Court, and since I'm an egghead, I've been following it closely. A lot of the reporting has been grating on me, but it took these two analyses for me...Read More

Those northeastern liberals are at it again...

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, the Maine House of Representatives voted 89 to 57 in favor of marriage equality. The State Senate approved a virtually identical bill last week by a vote of 21-14. The bill will now head back to the Senate for...Read More

Lesbian behaving badly

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 15, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last Thursday, an appellate court in NY ruled--in a unanimous, unsigned opinion--that Vermont civil unions don't count in determining who is and who isn't a parent for purposes of custody. More specifically, the court ruled that a NY woman whose...Read More

Reflecting on Vermont

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm a little bit shaky inside right now. Part of it is the whiplash that comes from moving from a state (Indiana) where LGBT people have been fighting a rearguard action to defeat an anti-marriage amendment to a state where...Read More