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Elizabeth A. Sharrow

Elizabeth A. Sharrow

Professional Title: 

Assistant Professor of Political Science and History

Office: 

Thompson 436

Email: 

Office Hours: 

Fall 2019: Tu/Th 1-2pm

Degree: 

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

Bio: 

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 BehaviorPolitics, Groups, and Identities;  American Politics Research, the Journal of Women, Policy & Politics; Social Science Quarterly, 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 Institute of Public Affairs, the Women's Sports Foundation, and Minnesota Public Radio.  I also published a co-authored opinion piece in The Washington Post.

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, 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.

I teach classes about the history of public policy in the U.S. at all levels of the curriculum.  I serve as a Faculty Athletic Rep on the UMass Athletic Council where I also chair the Equity & Diversity Subcommittee, and on the UMass Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Advisory Board in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

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 ScholarWorks profile is available here: https://works.bepress.com/elizabeth_sharrow/# 

Follow me on Twitter @e_sharrow: https://twitter.com/e_sharrow

My Scholars Strategy Network profile is available here: http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/scholar/elizabeth-sharrow 

Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Public policy and organizations

Program: 

  • Political Science