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Elizabeth A. Sharrow

Elizabeth A. Sharrow

Professional Title: 

Assistant Professor of Political Science and History

Service Role: 

  • Field Clerk - Public Policy


Thompson 436


Office Hours: 

Spring 2017: Wednesday 4-5:15pm


Ph.D. & M.P.P., University of Minnesota


I am interested in the ways public policy has shaped understandings of gender, race, sexuality, and class in U.S. politics over the past fifty years. My Ph.D. is in Political Science with a minor program in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota. I also hold a Masters in Public Policy with a focus on Gender, Law, and Sports Policy. Before attending graduate school, I was an Assistant Women's Rowing Coach at the University of Minnesota for five years.  Here at UMass, I am jointly appointed in the Department of History.

My work has been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities, the Journal of Women, Policy & Politics, and Social Science Quarterly.

I teach classes about the history of public policy in the U.S. at all levels of the curriculum.

My ScholarWorks profile is available here: 

Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Public policy and organizations


  • Political Science