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Elizabeth A. Sharrow

Elizabeth A. Sharrow

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor


Thompson 436



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


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. 

My work has been published or is forthcoming in Public Opinion Quarterly; Political Research Quarterly; Political Behavior; Political Communication; Politics & GenderPolitics, Groups, and Identities;  American Politics Research, the Journal of Women, Policy & Politics; Social Science Quarterly; Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, and several edited volumes. It has been featured at The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Vox, the Scholars Strategy Network, the Gender Policy Report of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Women's Sports Foundation, and Minnesota Public Radio.  I also published a co-authored opinion piece in The Washington Post.  In 2020, I am serving as a UMass Public Engagement Program (PEP) Faculty Fellow.

My scholarship has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Myra Sadker Foundation, the Gerald Ford Presidential Foundation, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the Massachusetts Historical Society.  For my collaborative work with #metoopolisci, we were co-awarded the 2019 Jane Mansbridge Award from the Women's Caucus for Political Science and a NSF ADVANCE grant.

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 both 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 NSF ADVANCE grant.  I specialize in interdisciplinary and archival methods, as well as survey research.  I would 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.

In my service work, I serve as a Faculty Athletic Rep on the UMass Athletic Council where I chair the Equity & Diversity Subcommittee, and on the UMass Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Advisory Board in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.  I also sit on the Graduate Program Committee in WGSS.

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.  Here at UMass, I am jointly appointed in the Department of History.

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Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Public policy and organizations


  • Political Science