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

Selected Publications: 

"Does Legislative Institutionalization Impact Policy Adoption? New Evidence from the Colonial and early State Legislatures 1757-1795." Social Science Quarterly

Public Scholarship
"What Sunset Provisions Tell Us About Lawmaking." 3 Streams. June 8, 2021.

Book Chapters

Torres-Beltran, Angie, Cameron Mailhot, Elizabeth I. Dorssom., Christina Boyes. (Forthcoming). ”Show Me the Money: Information, Strategies, and Guidelines for Applying to Grants and Fellowships in Graduate School" In Strategies for Navigating Graduate School and Beyond, eds. Kevin G. Lorentz II, Daniel J. Mallinson, Julia Marin Hellwege, Davin Phoenix, and J. Cherie Strachan. Washington, DC: American Political Science Association.

Dorssom, Elizabeth I. ”Gender Gap in Political Ambition.”(Forthcoming) In Readings in American Government. ed. James W. Endersby. New York City: WW Norton & Company.

Teaching-Related Publications

Benton, Mark and Elizabeth Dorssom. 2022. "Using Online Anonymous Participation Technology to Encourage Undergraduate Course Engagement" Political Science Educator 25 (2)

Dorssom, Elizabeth I. ”Train the Trainer: A Field Experiment Workshop for Graduate Students & Faculty.” in Teaching Experimental Political Science ed. Elizabeth A. Bennion. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing (Forthcoming)