Elizabeth Sharrow

Assistant Professor of Political Science and History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Areas of Expertise:
  • School Reform
  • LGBT
  • Women

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About Elizabeth

Sharrow studies the politics of sex and gender in the United States, and the history and consequences of equity policy. She has several active lines of research, including: 1) work on the history of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the development of sex segregated athletics, 2) work on the politics of fatherhood and its relationship to policy opinions, voting behavior, and elite networks, and 3) work on the politics of sport at both the professional and collegiate levels. As a former NCAA Division I college coach, Sharrow has long been active in women’s sports advocacy organizations.  She served on the board of the Melpomene Institute in St. Paul, MN, and worked as a grant reviewer for the Women’s Sports Foundation.



"Gender Policy Feedback: Perceptions of Sex Equity, Title IX, and Political Mobilization among College Athletes" (with James N. Druckman and Jacob E. Rothschild). Political Research Quarterly (2018).

Studies the beliefs of a core constituency of one of the most celebrated sex non-discrimination policies in U.S. history: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. 

"The First Daughter Effect: The Impact of Fathering Daughters on Men's Preferences for Gender Equality Issues" (with Jesse Rhodes, Tatishe Nteta, and Jill Greenlee). Public Opinion Quarterly (forthcoming).
"Gender Attitudes, Gendered Partisanship: Feminism and Support for Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton among Party Activists" (with Dara Strolovitch, Michael Heaney, Seth Masket, and Joanne Miller). Journal of Women 37, no. 4 (2016): 394-416.

Shows divergence in opinions towards feminist issues among party delegates at the 2008 national conventions.

"’Female Athlete’ Politic: Title IX and the Naturalization of Sex Difference in Public Policy" Politics, Groups, and Identities 5, no. 1 (2017): 46-66.

Analyzes the policy history of Title IX in the 1970s and shows that sex segregated sports were a political decision, not a natural order.  Argues that Title IX constituted the political identity of the “female athlete,” with complicated results for the politics of sex, race, sexuality, and class.

"Burying the Hatchet?: Elite Influence and Public Opinion on the Washington Redskins Controversy" (with Tatishe Nteta and Melinda Tarsi). Social Science Quarterly (May 2017).

Explores the effect of political and media elites on white opinion towards the use of Native American mascots and images.

"A ‘Bridge to our Daughters’: Title IX Fathers and Policy Development" in Family, State, and American Political Development, edited by Julie Novkov and Carole Nackenoff.

Traces the unlikely development of fathers as policy advocates for their daughters in the history of Title IX.

"The First Daughter Effect: The Impact of Fathering First Daughters on Men’s Preferences on Gender Equality Issues," (with Jill Greenlee, Tatishe Nteta, and Jesse Rhodes), European Conference on Politics and Gender, June 2017.

Explores the relationship between fathering daughters and men’s opinions on sex equity policies. It is the first in a line of papers about fatherhood and politics.

In the News

"Democrats and Republicans are as Divided about Gender Discrimination as They are about Everything Else," Elizabeth Sharrow (with Michael Heaney), Mischiefs of Faction, Vox, July 18, 2016.
"Papers for the Present: Government Archives and Remembering the Past," Elizabeth Sharrow, Parameters: Social Science Research Council Digital Culture Program, June 21, 2017.
"What Would Change Public Opinion on Whether the Redskins' Name is Offensive?," Elizabeth Sharrow (with Tatishe Nteta and Melinda Tarsi), Monkey Cage Blog, The Washington Post, July 11, 2017.