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Dr. Anthony  Sparacino
Dr. Anthony Sparacino
Visiting Lecturer of Political Science

Anthony Sparacino is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Richmond. Anthony’s research interests focus on the origins and development of American political parties and ideology. Anthony’s published work can be found in journals including American Political Thought and Studies in American Political Development as well as edited volumes on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and the #NeverTrump movement. He is currently researching the development of national party caucuses for mayors and states’ attorneys general; the role of state parties during and in the aftermath of the 2020 election; and the use of public-private partnerships by American presidents in fostering political coalitions. 

Grants and Fellowships

Hayek Fund for Scholars Research Grant (awarded 2018, 2019)

Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship (awarded 2018, 2019)

Mercatus Center Adam Smith Fellowship (awarded Spring 2018)

West Virginia & Regional History Center Research Grant (awarded Spring 2018)


Presenter: Presenter: “The Democratic and Republican Mayoral Associations and the Nationalization of Urban Politics, 1972-1980.” (2021)

Presenter: “The Democratic and Republican Governors Associations and the Nationalization of American Party Politics, 1960-68.” (2019)

Presenter: “Republican Governors and the Nationalization of American Party Politics, 1960-1968.” (2018)

Discussant: Panel on Theoretical and Ideational Approaches to American Political Development (2018)

Presenter: “Compassionate Conservatism and the Spiral of Politics.” (2017)


“The Democratic and Republican Governors’ Associations and the Nationalization of American Politics.” Studies in American Political Development. Volume 35. Number 1. (Spring 2021)

“Compassionate Conservatism in the Spiral of Politics.” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions and Culture. Volume 7. Number 3. (Fall 2018)


“State and Local Governments as Bulwarks of Resistance? #NeverTrumpers and the Opportunities and Limits of State and Local Autonomy in a Polarized Era.” (In Republican Resistance: #NeverTrump Conservatives and the Future of the Republican Party. Jeff DeWitt and Andrew Pieper, Eds. Lexington Books. (Fall 2020)

“Pivotal Elections.” in Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era: The Making of Modern America. Wiley-Blackwell. With Sidney M. Milkis. (February 2017)

Ph.D., University of Virginia 2019
M.A., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York 2014
B.A., Manhattan College 2012
Government and Urban Affairs
Contact Information
211 Weinstein Hall
(804) 289-8632
Areas of Expertise
The American Presidency
Political Parties
Campaigns and Elections
American Political Development