Sierra Smucker

Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

About Sierra

Smucker’s research, work, and teaching explore the ways in which less-advantaged groups gain access to political power and influence in important policy debates. Focusing on the role of social movements and the political feedback effects of policy making, Smucker looks at how the state can influence who has access to power. She has particular expertise in the political leanings of millennial women and gender violence in the United States. Smucker also works for the Sanford Global Governance Program for Social Innovation as part of her larger interest in how public policy can better address the needs of marginalized groups.

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In the News

Research discussed by Solange Reyner, in "Study: Gun Laws Can Curb Intimate Partner Murder, Suicide," Newsmax, April 25, 2018.
Research discussed by "Stricter Gun Control Could Stop Violent Men Killing Their Partners and Themselves," Science Daily, April 24, 2018.
Opinion: "Strengthening Laws Which Take Guns Out of the Hands of Domestic Abusers Will Help Prevent Future Mass Shootings," Sierra Smucker, London School of Economics and Political Science Blog, November 13, 2017.
Opinion: "Three More Dead in California: Why the U.S. Political System is to Blame," Sierra Smucker, LSE USCentre Blog, April 12, 2017.
Opinion: "How the Orlando Mass Shooting May be the Catalyst for a New Coalition to Overcome the Power of the Gun Lobby," Sierra Smucker, London School of Economics U.S. Centre Blog on American Politics and Policy, June 14, 2016.
Opinion: "Only Yes Means Yes: California Poised to Instill Expectation of Enthusiastic Consent," Sierra Smucker, Sanford Journal of Public Policy Blog, September 11, 2014.


"Indecision in Action," (with Kristin Anne Goss), Duke University, 2015.

Investigates the political cohesion of millennial women using nationally representative survey data and qualitative interviews.