Mark S. Jendrysik
Professor, Political Science & Public Adm
- Political Theory
In person office hours MWF 2:15-4:00pm
In person or Zoom meetings by Appointment
Mark Stephen Jendrysik is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. He has been a faculty member at the University of North Dakota since 1999. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His B.A. is from Providence College. He is proud to share Chicopee, Massachusetts as his hometown with famed utopian author Edward Bellamy. (Be sure to read Looking Backward someday.)
Prior to his appointment at UND he held visiting positions at Bucknell University (1996-98) and the University of Mississippi (1998-99). He also held a post-doctoral appointment at the Center for Survey Research of the University of Virginia (1995-96). He likes to say that he was “seeing America one college at a time.”
Jendrysik has published and presented papers on early modern political thought, public opinion methodology, ethnic politics in the United States, utopian political theory, and contemporary American political thought. He is the author of Explaining the English Revolution: Hobbes and His Contemporaries (Lexington, 2002) and Modern Jeremiahs: Contemporary Visions of American Decline (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). His recent publications include “Fundamental Oppositions: Utopia and the Individual,” in Individual and Utopia: A Multidisciplinary Study of Humanity and Prefection (Ashgate, 2015); “Long Habits and Legitimacy,” in Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College, Eric Burin, editor, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, 2017 (49-51) and "Endgames," in Protesting on Bended Knee, Eric Burin, editor, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, 2018 (221-223).
His latest book, Utopia was published in May of 2020 as part of the Key Concepts in Political Theory series by Polity.
Professor Jendrysik’s teaching interests include ancient and modern political thought, utopian political ideas, contemporary American political culture, ethics, and American government. He believes, as did Friedrich Nietzsche, that “a teacher has an obligation to make himself accessible to every level of intellect.”
He is committed to the high ideals of universal, public education. He believes, as did Mark Twain, that “public education IS democracy.”
He is a member of a number of professional societies including the American Political Science Association, the Popular Culture Association and the Society for Utopian Studies. He also holds memberships in a number of honorary societies including Pi Sigma Alpha. He is a Renaissance member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and served as the faculty fellow for the North Dakota Alpha chapter from 2004-13.
He is the Truman Scholarship Representative for UND and encourages students interested in a career in public service to meet with him to see if they might join the fourteen UND winners of this prestigious and life-changing award.
Dr. Jendrysik credits his grandfather Stephen B. Jendrysik, with getting him interested in politics. He likes to say that, "my grandfather made me watch the Watergate hearings in 1973 this was my start as a political scientist." He also points to his father Stephen R. Jendrysik for supporting his interest. Dr. Jendrysik notes that political discussions were a staple in the Jendrysik family. Dr. Jendrysik also notes that his professors at Providence College especially, Mark Hyde and William Hudson, made him want to be a professional academic. At the University of North Carolina, Jack Donnelly, Mike Lienesch and Steve Leonard were role models.
He is pleased to note that his father has published four books on the history of Chicopee, Massachusetts. He is also pleased to note that his cousin, Father Walter Ciszek, SJ is being considered for sainthood. He recommends Father Walter's books With God in Russia and He Leadth Me to those seeking spiritual insight.
A lifelong Red Sox and Patriots fan, he has no time for bandwagoning Johnny-Come-Latelies. He also firmly believes that soccer is America’s sport of the future and looks forward to our boys winning the World Cup in 2022. (Even though he knows that won’t happen.) He congradulates our women’s team on their big win in 2019!
American Political Thought
Politics and Diversity
Introduction to Political Thought
- Political Theory
- American Political Culture
- Utopian Political Thought
Utopia (Key Concepts in Political Theory) Cambridge, UK, Polity, 2020.
“Endgames,” in Protesting on Bended Knee, Eric Burin, editor, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, 2018 (221-223).
“Long Habits and Legitimacy,” in Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College, Eric Burin, editor, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, 2017 (49-51).
“Fundamental Oppositions: Utopia and the Individual,” in Individual and Utopia, Ashgate, 2015.
“Egalitarian Populism on the High Plains. Or, Why Are There No Parking Meters in North Dakota?” With Dana Michael Harsell. The Journal of Popular Culture Volume 46.2, 2013 (394-410).
Instructor’s Resource Manual and Test Bank for American Government: Myths and Realities 2014 Election Edition. With Geoffrey Peterson. Oxford University Press, 2014.
“Bellamy, Edward (1850-98),” Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014 (278).
“Filmer, Robert, (1588-1653),” Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014 (1312-1313).
"Winter Soldiers and Merchant Captains: Shays' Rebellion as a Clash of Republican Visions." To be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2021.
"The Imaginary Reconstruction of Capitalism: Cryptocurrency and the Libertarian Utopia." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, November 2019.
“‘The Birthday of a New World’: Thomas Paine on the Beginning and End of Political History.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 2019.
“Does Utopia Have a Future?” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, November 2018.
"Park Free or Die: The Great North Dakota Parking Meter Debate of 2017," with Dana Harsell. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2018.
“Mighty Fortresses Against a New Dark Age: The Benedict Option as Utopian Expression” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, November 2017.
“Communities of Total Commitment: The Utopian Legacy of Plato and Sparta” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, November 2017.
“Making American Great(er) Again: Narratives of National Decline in the 2016 Presidential Election.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2017.
“Ambitious Utopians?” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, November 2015.
“Learning Political Skills through Historical Simulations,” with Anne Kelsch. Presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, January 2015.
“Doomsday Preppers, Castle Builders and Survivalists: Utopian Dystopians or Dystopian Utopians?” Presented at Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, November 2013.
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor: University of North Dakota 1999-present
Visiting Assistant Professor: University of Mississippi 1998-99
Visiting Assistant Professor: Bucknell University 1996-98
Research Associate: Center for Survey Research, University of Virginia, 1995-6