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.
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.
Shows divergence in opinions towards feminist issues among party delegates at the 2008 national conventions.
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.
Explores the effect of political and media elites on white opinion towards the use of Native American mascots and images.
Traces the unlikely development of fathers as policy advocates for their daughters in the history of Title IX.
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.