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Libby Sharrow

Assistant Professor of History and Political Science

Portrait of Libby Sharrow

(413) 545-6246

Thompson Hall 436

Professor Elizabeth (Libby) Sharrow’s research focuses on the contemporary public policy history of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.  She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, with a graduate minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies.  Her research focuses on the contemporary political history of Title IX and means through which battles over policy design and implementation altered women’s access to sports “on the basis of sex.”  The work analyzes the political construction and mobilization of the “female athlete” (Title IX’s primary political constituent) and the politics of gender, race, class and sexuality inherent to Title IX’s policy domain.  Her work has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the American Association of University Women, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the University of Minnesota Graduate School, and the Myra Sadker Foundation.  She is jointly appointed in the Department of Political Science.

Professor Sharrow has been named as one of six 2016-2017 Scholars at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). She will use this fellowship to seek additional funding for her work on the long-term policy implementation effects of Title IX.

Research Areas

History of Public Policy
United States Political History
Politics of Gender, Race, and Class

Awards and Accolades

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Research Grant, Massachusetts Historical Society 

UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Support Grant 

Social Science Research Council Research Grant 

American Association of University Women American Fellowship 

National Collegiate Athletic Association Research Grant 

Myra Sadker Foundation Research Grant 

Gerald Ford Presidential Foundation Research Grant

Courses Recently Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
Sports, Policy, and Politics (POLISCI 392SH)
Controversies in Public Policy (POLISCI 181)
History of U.S. Social Policy and the Politics of Gender, Race, and Class

Graduate Courses:
History of U.S. Social Policy and the Politics of Gender, Race, and Class