Elizabeth Dorssom

Elizabeth Dorssom
American Politics
Public Policy and Administration
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M.P.A., Public Sector Management & Leadership, California State University-Northridge
B.A., Women's Studies, Chatham University


My research focuses on the impact of resources on politics and policy. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how resources such as information, institutionalization, and professionalism impact policy adoption and feedback.  My dissertation explores the influence of such resources at the Congressional and state legislative level by examining legislative position-taking as well as legislative outputs such as sunset provisions. Understanding these aspects of the legislative process will help us become better informed about which of these legislative processes work and, therefore, promote quality government.

My research has been supported by the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma, the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri, the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

I am a 2021-2022 Humane Studies Fellow and Oskar Morgenstern Fellow through the Institute for Humane Studies and Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

I am prepared to teach classes on American political institutions and behavior, state politics and policy, legislative politics and policy, and political methodology.