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Elizabeth A. Sharrow

Elizabeth A. Sharrow

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Public Policy & History


Thompson 638



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


I am Associate Professor of Public Policy and History in the UMass School of Public Policy.

I am interested in the ways public policy has shaped understandings of gender, race, sexuality, disability, and class in U.S. politics over the past fifty years. Visit my SPP faculty profile or my website for more information about my research.

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

I currently mentor graduate students in Public Policy, Political Science, and History, as well as students from Sociology, Kinesiology, and Sports Management.  I have co-authored several papers with former graduate students and will be working with a graduate research assistant over the next three years for portions of my work on my National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant.  I specialize in interdisciplinary and archival methods, as well as survey research.  I welcome the opportunity to work with doctoral students with an interest in studying the intersectional politics of gender, race, sexuality, class, and ability as they manifest in American politics and public policy. My graduate teaching schedule reflects these interests.

My Ph.D. is in Political Science with a minor program in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota. I hold a Masters in Public Policy with a focus on Gender, Law, and Sports Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Before attending graduate school, I was Assistant Women's Rowing Coach at the University of Minnesota for five years.  

My ScholarWorks profile is available here.

Follow me on Twitter @e_sharrow.

My Scholars Strategy Network profile is available here

Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Public policy and organizations


  • Political Science