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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. 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 second 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's research has appeared in The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, and The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, among other journals. She has co-edited three edited volumes: The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Persuasion (2020), with Bernard Grofman and Alex Trechsel, The Politics of Truth in a Polarized Era (forthcoming, Oxford), with David Barker, and "The Politics of Science" (2015, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science), with James Druckman.

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

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Fall 2020

  • GOVT-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

  • GOVT-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Spring 2021

  • GOVT-899 Doctoral Dissertation