Smucker

Sierra Smucker

PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Social Movements
  • Gun Policy
  • Women

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

Sierra Smucker's research on gun laws discussed in Solange Reyner, "Study: Gun Laws Can Curb Intimate Partner Murder, Suicide," Newsmax, April 25, 2018.
Sierra Smucker quoted on gun laws in Kashmir Gander, "Gun Laws Fail to Stop Violent Men from Killing Their Partners, New Analysis of Murder-Suicide Warns" Newsweek, April 25, 2018.
Sierra Smucker's research on gun control discussed in "Stricter Gun Control Could Stop Violent Men Killing Their Partners and Themselves," Science Daily, April 24, 2018.
"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.
"Three More Dead in California: Why the U.S. Political System is to Blame," Sierra Smucker, LSE USCentre Blog, April 12, 2017.
"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.
"Things We Lost in the War (on Women)," Sierra Smucker, Campaign Stop 2016, Duke University Campaign Stop 2016, November 2015.
"State Legislatures Lead the Way on Gun-Control Laws," Sierra Smucker, Duke University Campaign Stop 2016, January 2016.
"Where are the Millennial Feminists?," Sierra Smucker, Policy Meets World Blog, June 17, 2015.
"Only Yes Means Yes: California Poised to Instill Expectation of Enthusiastic Consent," Sierra Smucker, Sanford Journal of Public Policy Blog, September 11, 2014.

Publications

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

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