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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: 

Wed 3:30-5pm and by appointment


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 or is forthcoming in Public Opinion Quarterly; Political Research Quarterly; Political BehaviorPolitics, Groups, and Identities;  American Politics Research, the Journal of Women, Policy & Politics; and Social Science Quarterly. 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.  She has also published a co-authored opinion piece in The Washington Post.

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

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My Scholars Strategy Network profile is available here: 

Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Public policy and organizations


  • Political Science