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My solo-authored work (including a book manuscript, Allowed to Play but Not to Win: Title IX and the Political Constructions of Sex and Gender in Public Policy, and several peer-reviewed articles) analyzes how American political institutions grapple with inequities in educational settings, and how policy design and implementation matter for social change. Using archival data and quantitative data, I explore how political battles over the implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 shifted social and political understandings of sex and gender, as well as the intersecting understandings of race, sexuality, class, and physical ability.  I argue that battles over the implementation and meanings of the law’s application to athletics have recursively altered political meanings of sexed bodies as well as political repertoires of gender.  In addition to a book manuscript, several articles from this research are published or forthcoming.

I have also published co-authored scholarship regarding 1) gender and politics in the United States, 2) the contemporary politics of college athletics, 3) the politics of fatherhood, and 4) the controversies over the use of Native American mascots and symbols in professional sports.


Peer-reviewed Journal Publications:

Sharrow, Elizabeth.  2019. “Sex Segregation as Policy Problem: A Gendered Policy Paradox." Politics, Groups, and Identities,

Mia Costa, Tatishe Nteta, Jesse Rhodes, Jill Greenlee and Elizabeth Sharrow 2019. “Family Ties? The Limits of Fathering Daughters on Congressional Behavior."  American Politics Research 47(3): 471-493.

Jill Greenlee, Tatishe Nteta, Jesse Rhodes, and Elizabeth Sharrow.  2018. “Helping to Break the Glass Ceiling? Fathers, First Daughters, and Presidential Vote Choice in 2016.”  Political Behavior,

  • Featured at the Monkey Cage Blog at the Washington Post.
  • Featured at the blog of the Women's Sports Foundation

Elizabeth Sharrow, Jesse Rhodes, Tatishe Nteta, and Jill Greenlee.  2018. "The First Daughter Effect: The Impact of Fathering Daughters on Men’s Preferences for Gender Equality Issues."  Public Opinion Quarterly 82(3): 493-523.

  • Featured at the Monkey Cage Blog at the Washington Post.
  • Featured in the Boston Globe

Druckman, James, Jacob Rothschild, and Elizabeth Sharrow.  2018. "Gender Policy Feedback: Perceptions of Sex Equity, Title IX, and Political Mobilization Among College Athletes."  Political Research Quarterly 71(3): 642-653.

  • Featured at the Gender Policy Report at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Featured in a Scholars Strategy Network Research Brief
  • Featured at the blog of the Women's Sports Foundation
  • Featured at the USAPP (American Politics and Policy) blog of the London School of Economics

Nteta, Tatishe, Elizabeth Sharrow and Melinda Tarsi.  2018.  “Burying the Hatchet?: Elite Influence and Public Opinion on the Washington Redskins Controversy.”  Social Science Quarterly 99(2): 474-489.

  • Featured at the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post.

Sharrow, Elizabeth.  2017.  “'Female Athlete' Politic: Title IX and the Naturalization of Sex Difference in Public Policy."  Politics, Groups, and Identities 5(1): 46-66. 

Sharrow, Elizabeth, Dara Strolovitch, Michael Heaney, Seth Masket and Joanne Miller.  2016.  “Gender Attitudes, Gendered Partisanship: Feminism and Support for Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton among Party Activists.”  Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 37(4): 394-416.

  • Featured at Vox's Mischiefs of Faction


Peer-reviewed Chapters:

Sharrow, Elizabeth.  N.d. “A ‘Bridge to our Daughters’: Title IX Fathers and Policy Development.” In Stating the Family: New Directions in the Study of American Politics, eds. Julie Novkov and Carol Nackenoff.  Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, Forthcoming (expected Spring 2020).

Sharrow, Elizabeth, Jesse Rhodes, Tatishe Nteta and Jill Greenlee.  N.d. “Fatherhood, First-daughters, and the First Woman Presidential Candidate.”  In The Hillary Effect, eds. Ivy Cargile, Denise Davis, Jennifer Merolla, and Rachel VanSickle-Ward.  London: Bloomsbury Publishing, Forthcoming (expected May 2020).


Works in Progress, in Circulation, and Under Review:

1. Allowed to Play but not to Win: Title IX and the Political Constructions of Sex and Gender in Public Policy. (Elizabeth Sharrow). Book manuscript in preparation.

2.  “Just Locker Room Talk? Explicit Sexism and the Impact of the Access Hollywood Tape on Electoral Support for Donald Trump in 2016” (Jesse Rhodes, Tatishe Nteta, Elizabeth Sharrow, and Jill Greenlee).  Invited to Revise and Resubmit.

3.  “What’s in a Name? Symbolic Racism, Public Opinion, and the Controversy over the Washington Redskins” (Elizabeth Sharrow, Melinda Tarsi, and Tatishe Nteta).  Under Review.

4. "The Politics of Parenthood" (Jill Greenlee and Elizabeth Sharrow).  Invited submission to Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, a publication of Oxford University Press.  Under Review.

5.  “How Institutions and Social Identity Matter for Policy Change: The Case of College Sports.” (James Druckman and Elizabeth Sharrow).  Article manuscript in preparation; APSA 2019.

6. “Voting for their Daughter’s Sake? Fatherhood of Daughters and Voting for Female Democratic Senatorial Candidates in 2018.”  (Tatishe Nteta, Jesse Rhodes, Elizabeth Sharrow, and Jill Greenlee).  Chapter manuscript in preparation; APSA 2019.

7.  “Rules and Regulations: How High School Athletic Associations Limit Equity for Girls and Transgender Athletes” (Elizabeth Sharrow).  Article manuscript in preparation.

8. “Sports Fans and Attitudes About College Athletics.” (with James Druckman).  

9. The Politics of College Sport: How Gender and Race Complicate Reform. (with James Druckman). Book manuscript in development.

10. The Daughter Effect: How Fatherhood of Daughters Affects Men’s Politics. (with Jill Greenlee, Tatishe Nteta, and Jesse Rhodes).  Book manuscript in development.


Other publications:

Sharrow, Elizabeth, James Druckman and Jacob Rothschild.  2019.  “Nearly 50 years on, Title IX’s implementation means that student athletes are aware of and want to tackle gender inequalities in athletic opportunities.” London School of Economics’ USAPP-American Politics and Policy blog, LSE’s United States Centre.  (May 10, 2019). 

Nadia Brown, Melissa Michelson, Elizabeth Sharrow, and Dara Strolovitch.  2019.  “Virginia Democrats’ political problems show us why intersectionality is so important.”  Washington Post Outlook.  (March 4, 2019).

Sharrow, Elizabeth, Jill Greenlee, Jesse Rhodes and Tatishe Nteta.  2018.  "Title IX Through Their Daughters Eyes: First Daughters and Public Opinion Toward Gender Equality Policies ."  Women’s Sports Foundation.  (November 29, 2018).

Sharrow, Elizabeth, Jill Greenlee, Jesse Rhodes and Tatishe Nteta.  2018.  "Here’s how female candidates can sway fathers’ votes — if their first child is a daughter." Monkey Cage Blog at The Washington Post.  (November 3, 2018).

Nteta, Tatishe, Jill Greenlee, Jesse Rhodes, and Elizabeth Sharrow.  2018. “Yes, Stephen Curry is right. Having a daughter does change men’s political outlooks – but only if she’s firstborn.” Monkey Cage Blog at The Washington Post.  (September 14, 2018).

Sharrow, Elizabeth.  2018. “Why it is Time to Take Seriously the Political Power of Women College Athletes.”  Scholars Strategy Network Brief.   (May 30, 2018).

Sharrow, Elizabeth.  2018. “Taking Women College Athletes Seriously in the Political Arena.”  The Gender Policy Report. Minneapolis, MN: Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.   (May 8, 2018).

Sharrow, Elizabeth. 2018.College Athletes: Politically aware and prepared to mobilize on gender inequalities, new study finds.”  Women’s Sports Foundation.  (March 23, 2018).

Sharrow, Elizabeth.  2017. “Social Inequalities and the Politics of Sports in America.”  Scholars Strategy Network Brief.   (December 1, 2017).

Sharrow, Elizabeth, Tatishe Nteta, and Melinda Tarsi.  2017.  "What would change public opinion on whether the Redskins' name is offensive?"  Monkey Cage Blog at The Washington Post.   (July 11, 2017).

Sharrow, Elizabeth.  2017. "Papers for the present: Government archives and remembering the past." Parameters: Social Science Research Council Digital Culture Program.  (June 21, 2017).

Sharrow, Elizabeth and Michael Heaney.  2016. “Democrats and Republicans are as divided about gender discrimination as they are about everything else.”  Vox’s Mischiefs of Faction (July 18, 2016).

Kenney, Sally J., Kathryn Pearson, Debra Fitzpatrick and Elizabeth Sharrow.  2009.  “Are We Progressing Toward Equal Representation for Women in the Minnesota Legislature?  New Evidence Offers Mixed Results.”  Center for Urban and Regional Affairs Reporter 39: 39-47.