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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 the study of 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 preferences and their explanations for social inequality, particularly explanations that invoke biology and genetics. Suhay received a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation in 2016 to support survey & experimental research on this topic, which will culminate in a book manuscript, How Americans Explain Inequality, and Why It Matters.

Suhay’s newest research stream rests at the intersection of politics and scientific knowledge. She is interested in why certain topics, such as climate change, have become so politicized in recent years and how scientists, science communicators, and policymakers can work together to ensure quality science informs the policymaking process. She recently 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.

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 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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