Tom Bonnett has had an extensive career in public policy, as a state legislator, a consultant and author, an advisor to public officials and nonprofit organizations, and an educator. He was as teaching assistant while in graduate school and, after a gap of two decades, returned to teaching for the School of Public Affairs in 2003.
He was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1974, and reelected in 1976. In Washington, DC during the 1980s, Bonnett worked for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and a New York member of Congress (Ted Weiss). In New York, he was the executive director of a community-based nonprofit in Queens, and held several research and management positions in NYC government. He served in the Koch, Dinkins, and Bloomberg administrations (in the latter as an Assistant Commissioner of a small city agency.)
From 1992 to 1997, he worked for the Council of Governors’ Policy Advisors, an affiliate of the National Governors’ Association, which published several of his books including TELEWARS in the States: Telecommunications Issues in a New Era of Competition (1996).
He has written books, commissioned monographs, three book chapters, a law journal article, and many shorter articles on public finance, telecommunications, and economic development. Amazon.com lists eleven of his titles.
Professor Bonnett is interested in the development of user-generated content (such as You Tube) and the new forms of social media (such as Facebook), and their effects on public opinion and politics; a topic on which he has collaborated with the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) at Columbia University.