Elizabeth I. Dorssom, MPA PhD

Welcome to my website!

My name is Elizabeth Dorssom and I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lincoln University of Missouri.

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. I'm exploring the influence of such resources at the Congressional and state legislative levels 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 published in Social Science Quarterly, Political Science Educator, and featured in 3 Streams Blog. I recently published a book chapter to help graduate students apply for grants and fellowships in graduate school. I also have a forthcoming book chapter on how to teach field experimental methods to graduate students and faculty.

To learn more about my research agenda, please visit the "Research" section of my website.

I also have a strong passion for teaching. I have taught numerous classes including American National Government, American State and Local Government, Party Politics, American Political Behavior, and Women and Politics. Please visit the "Teaching" section of my website to learn more about my teaching experience.

I am an advocate for first-generation students who are interested in learning more about graduate school and research opportunities. Visit the "Student Resources" section for graduate school and research resources.

I earned a B.A. in Women's Studies from Chatham University and a Master of Public Administration in Public Sector Management and Leadership from California State University-Northridge. I earned my Political Science Ph.D. from the Harry S Truman School of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.

I am a former Oskar Morgenstern Fellow through the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a former Dan Searle Fellow through the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University


Email: dorssome [at] lincolnu [dot] edu

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