Anthony Dell'Aera

Anthony Dell'Aera

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Tony Dell'Aera is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, focusing on American Politics and Public Policy. He also serves as Faculty Fellow to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate. His teaching and research interests include health care, environmental policy, American political development, city politics, political parties, elections, Congress, and the Presidency. His published works thus far examine the US health care system and the development of the prescription drug regulatory state. Dr. Dell’Aera graduated from Trinity College and then Brown University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Political Science. Prior to arriving at Worcester State, he held Visiting Assistant Professorships at Union College and Trinity College. Dr. Dell'Aera served for over 12 years in state and local politics in Connecticut, and he is a strong proponent of civic education and community engagement both on and off campus. He encourages his students to get involved in public service, not only as a responsibility of citizenship but also as an educational experience which enriches the lessons that are learned inside the classroom. To further this goal, Dr. Dell'Aera organized an academic minor in Civic Engagement, which brings together courses and experiential programs of study aimed at preparing students for effective participation in democracy. Dr. Dell'Aera also believes in the importance of free and open political discourse. To that end, he founded the Pizza & Politics discussion series of informal campus conversations, and he has worked closely with the Binienda Center for Civic Engagement to organize several debates and election forums on campus. Dr. Dell'Aera frequently serves as a political analyst for various media outlets, including CNBC, NBC-10, WBUR, WGBH, WNPR, Spectrum News, the Telegram & Gazette, and the Hartford Courant. For interview requests and other media inquiries, please contact Dr. Dell'Aera at


Trinity College
Political Science and American Studies (Phi Beta Kappa)
Brown University
Political Science
Brown University
Political Science
Skills American Politics Public Policy Campaigns and Elections Political Parties Congress Presidency City Politics State Government Health Policy Environmental Policy


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Faculty Excellence Award
2011 - Trinity College Student Government Association
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Faculty Civic Engagement Award
2018 - Worcester State University Binienda Center for Civic Engagement
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Campus Compact Today's Vote Grant
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  • Articles
"How a Pill Becomes the Law: Prescription Drug Regulation and Institutional Asymmetry in American Politics” in James Morone and Daniel Ehlke, eds. Health Politics and Policy (New York: Cengage, 2014). Read More
"Health Care Regulation and the Fragmentation of Federalism” in Brent S. Steel, ed. Science and Politics: Issues and Controversies (Washington DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2014). Read More

Service Projects

University Service

I currently serve on the All University Committee (Vice-Chair), the Capital Planning Committee, the Liberal Studies Advisory Board, and the Civic Engagement Advisory Board. I have also served on the Student Affairs Committee, the Interdisciplinary Studies Advisory Committee, and the Faculty Union Election Committee.


Current and Past Research Activities

My current research studies the politics and policies related to COVID-19 vaccination, patent reform, prescription drug pricing, and the regulatory state for vitamins and nutritional supplements in US health policy. I have presented peer-reviewed papers, chaired panels, and served as panel discussant at over 30 conferences including the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Northeastern Political Science Association, the New England Political Science Association, the Southern Political Science Association, and the Southern Conference on African-American Studies.


PO 110

American Government

PO 150

Foundations of Legal Studies

PO 216

Political Parties and Interest Groups

PO 217

The US Congress

PO 243

City Politics

PO 250

Doing Political Science: An Introduction to Research Methodology

PO 264

American Political Thought

PO 311

Environmental Politics and Policy

PO 312

Health Politics and Policy

PO 318

Constitutional Law of Government Powers and Constraints