Mark Stephen Jendrysik

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Mark Stephen Jendrysik
Born (1964-10-02) October 2, 1964 (age 50)
Wesson Women's Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Residence Grand Forks, North Dakota

Mark Jendrysik (born October 2, 1964) is a professor in the Political Science and Public Administration Department of the University of North Dakota (UND). Prior to his appointment at UND he held visiting positions at Bucknell University and the University of Mississippi. He also held a postdoctoral appointment at the Center for Survey Research of the University of Virginia. He likes to say that he was "seeing America one college at a time."[citation needed] He is primarily interested in contemporary American political thought, but he has also published and presented papers on the seventeenth-century English political thought, utopian political theory, and ethnic politics in the United States. 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). He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his B.A. is from Providence College He is a native of Chicopee, Massachusetts.


Valetine School, Chicopee Massachusetts 1969-1976

P.E. Bowe School, Chicopee 1976-1978

Chicopee High School 1978-82

Providence College, Providence RI BA 1986

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MA 1988, Ph.D. 1996

Academic Positions[edit]

Research Associate, Center for Survey Research, University of Virginia, 1995-6

Visiting Assistant Professor, Bucknell University, 1996-8

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi, 1998-9

Assistant, Associate Professor and Professor University of North Dakota, 1999–present


Books: Modern Jeremiahs: Contemporary Visions of American Decline. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, Lexington Books, 2008

Explaining the English Revolution: Hobbes and His Contemporaries. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2002 (revised paperback edition, 2007). Reviewed in: Journal of Church and State, Vol. 47. No. 1 (170). 2005; Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 1, No. 4 (763), 2003

Refereed Articles: "Back to the Garden: New Visions of Post-Human Futures." "Utopian Studies Volume 22.1, 2011.

Jendrysik, Mark Stephen (2010). "The Snake in the Garden: Crime and Punishment in Utopian Thought". Topic- The Washington & Jefferson College Review 56 (Utopias and Dystopias). ISSN 0049-4127. 

“Tom Paine: Utopian?” Utopian Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2007 (138-158).

“The Modern Jeremiad: Bloom, Bennett and Bork on American Decline,” Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 36, No. 2, Fall 2002 (361-383).

“Convergence and Divergence in Arab-American Public Opinion,” with José Miguel Sandoval, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Vol. 5, No. 4, Winter 1993 (303-314).

Articles: “The Dystopia of Petty Tyranny: A View from the Empire’s Edge,” Utopus Discovered, Spring 2002 (15).

“Estados Unidos: Opinión Pública y Crisis del Golfo Persico,” with José Miguel Sandoval, El Nacional: Semanario Politica, Ciudad de México, No. 155, April 1992 (17-19).

“Social Identity and Response to Social Dilemmas,” with Cindy Gimbel, Rachel Sweat, Anuradha Kumar and Amy P. Walters, Social Science, Vol. 72, Nos. 2-4, Fall 1987.

Book Reviews: “The English Radical Imagination: Culture, Religion, and Revolution, 1630-1660 by Nicholas McDowell,” Utopian Studies, 16.2, 2005 (303-307)

“To Seek Out New Worlds: Exploring Links Between Science Fiction and World Politics, Jutta Weldes, editor,” Utopian Studies,14.2, 2003 (219-221).

“Glimpses of Glory: John Bunyan and English Dissent by Richard L. Greaves,” Utopian Studies,14.1, 2003 (206-208).

“Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times by Richard G. Mitchell Jr,” Utopian Studies,13.1, 2002 (231-233).

“Fugitive Theory: Political Theory, the Southern Agrarians and America by Christopher M. Duncan,” American Political Science Review, Vol. 94, No. 4, December 2000 (924-926).

Other: Ancillary materials for American Democracy in Peril 5th edition by William Hudson. CQ Press (Chatham House), 2006.

Selected works[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Meritorious Research Award, College of Business and Public Administration, University of North Dakota, 2001–02

Gamma Sigma Alpha, Outstanding Faculty Member Award, 2007

Meritorious Research Award, College of Business and Public Administration, University of North Dakota, 2007–08

North Dakota Spirit Award, University of North Dakota Alumni Association, 2009


Dr. Jendrysik credits his grandfather Stephen B. Jendrysik, with making him interested in politics. He likes to say that, "he 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 in 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, Stephen R. Jendrysik has published three books on the history of Chicopee, Massachusetts. He is also happy to share Chicopee as a hometown with the great utopian author Edward Bellamy. Finally, he is pleased to note that his distant 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.

He is of Polish ancestry.[1]



  1. ^ Mark Stephen Jendrysik (20 March 2008). Modern Jeremiahs: Contemporary Visions of American Decline. Lexington Books. pp. 124–. ISBN 978-1-4616-3379-2. 


  • Jendrysik, Mark Stephen (2008). Modern Jeremiahs, Contemporary Visions of American Decline. Lexington Books. p. 193. 

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Preceded by
Mary Griez Kweit
Chair of the University of North Dakota