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History Dept., Herter Hall Room 612
University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

Tel. 413.545.1330
Fax. 413.545.6137

Libby Sharrow


Assistant Professor

Office: Herter 729, Thompson 436
Telephone: (413) 545-6246
Fax: (413) 545-6137


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.


Research Areas:

History of Public Policy

U.S. 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 Taught Recently:

History of U.S. Social Policy and the Politics of Gender, Race, and Class (HISTORY 395S & HISTORY 791PG)

Sports, Policy, and Politics (POLISCI 392SH)

Controversies in Public Policy (POLISCI 181)