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Elizabeth A. Sharrow

Associate Professor of Public Policy and History, UMass Amherst

Elizabeth Sharrow (Ph.D & M.P.P.) is Associate Professor of Public Policy and History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Policy. Her research explores the politics of Title IX and the ways that public policy shapes understandings of sex and gender at the intersections of race, sexuality, ability, and class. She is currently working on a book manuscript, provisionally titled Allowed to Play but not to Win, which explores the history of sex-segregated athletics under Title IX. She has published research on the politics of fatherhood, and the politics of college sport in the United States. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Association of University Women, among other sources.


  • 2020–present
    Associate Professor of Public Policy and History, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 2013–2020
    Assistant Professor of Political Science and History, University of Massachusetts Amherst


  • 2013 
    University of Minnesota, Ph.D., Political Science
  • 2009 
    University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, M.P.P.


  • 2020
    Just Locker Room Talk? Explicit Sexism and the Impact of the Access Hollywood Tape on Electoral Support for Donald Trump in 2016, Political Communication
  • 2020
    Public Opinion, Crisis, and Vulnerable Populations: The Case of Title IX and COVID-19, Politics & Gender
  • 2019
    Sex Segregation as Policy Problem: A Gendered Policy Paradox, Politics, Groups, and Identities
  • 2018
    The First-Daughter Effect: The Impact of Fathering Daughters on Men’s Preferences for Gender Equality Issues, Public Opinion Quarterly
  • 2018
    Gender Policy Feedback: Perceptions of Sex Equity, Title IX, and Political Mobilization Among College Athletes, Political Research Quarterly
  • 2017
    ’Female Athlete’ Politic: Title IX and the Naturalization of Sex Difference in Public Policy, Politics, Groups, and Identities

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    ADVANCE Partnership: #MeTooPoliSci Leveraging A Professional Association to Address Sexual Harassment in Political Science
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation