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Liz 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, mainly in the U.S., with substantive foci on economic and social inequality and the politicization of science. She is currently working on a book manuscript (Debating the American Dream: How Explanations for Inequality Polarize U.S. Politics) that seeks to understand the connection between Americans' causal attributions for socioeconomic inequality and their political attitudes. Her current work on science & politics spans several topics, including public beliefs about genetics, public trust in science amidst the COVID pandemic, and communication between Congress and outside experts.

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 Polarized America (2021, Oxford), with David Barker, and "The Politics of Science" (2015, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science), with James Druckman. Her research has been sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences.

Suhay currently serves as Graduate Program Director in the Department of Government. She regularly teaches Politics in the U.S., Inequality in the U.S., Capstone in Political Communication (MA), Research Design (PhD), & Proseminar in American Politics (PhD).

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Spring 2024

  • GOVT-110 Politics in the U.S.

  • GOVT-711 Seminar in American Politics

  • GOVT-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

  • GOVT-899 Doctoral Dissertation

  • HNRS-398 Honors Challenge Course

Fall 2024

  • GOVT-110 Politics in the U.S.

  • GOVT-715 Research Design