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Elizabeth Suhay Associate Professor Department of Government

Ph.D. University of Michigan, Political Science

B.A. University of Michigan, Political Science (High Honors) & History

Liz Suhay specializes in public opinion, political psychology, and political communication, all within the U.S. context. Her current research agenda is divided between two topic areas.

The first is the relationship between Americans’ political attitudes and their explanations ('causal attributions') for socioeconomic inequality, particularly explanations that invoke biology and genetics. Suhay received a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation in 2016 to support empirical research on this topic, which will culminate in a book manuscript, How Americans Explain Inequality, and Why It Matters.

Suhay’s newer research stream rests at the intersection of politics and scientific knowledge. She is interested in how scientific topics become politicized and how scientists, science communicators, and policymakers can work together to ensure quality science informs the policymaking process. In 2017, she received funding from the National Academy of Sciences for the project, Evidence-Based Science Communication with Policymakers, a collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Visit for more information, including the research team's Recommended Practices for Science Communication with Policymakers.

Suhay is the author of over twenty scholarly articles and other works, with her research appearing in The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, and The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, among other journals. She is the co-editor, with James N. Druckman, of the 2015 issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, "The Politics of Science: Political Values and the Production, Communication, and Reception of Scientific Knowledge." She is also co-editing, with Bernie Grofman and Alex Trechsel, the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Electoral Persuasion.

Suhay currently serves as Graduate Program Director and regularly teaches Introduction to U.S. Politics, Introduction to Political Research, Capstone in Political Communication, & advanced courses on public opinion and political behavior.

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Spring 2020

  • GOVT-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Intro to Survey Research

  • GOVT-710 Seminar in American Politics: Political Behavior

  • GOVT-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Fall 2020

  • GOVT-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment