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Elizabeth A. Sharrow

Associate Professor of History and Public Policy

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


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 Political Science

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Research Areas

American Politics

Public Policy and Organizations

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:

Gender and Race in US Social Policy (HISTORY/POLISCI 364)
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