Elizabeth I. Dorssom, MPA PhD
My name is Elizabeth Dorssom and I recently earned my Political Science Ph.D. from the Harry S Truman School of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.
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 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
My research is published in Social Science Quarterly and has been featured on 3 Streams Blog. I have published on my teaching innovations in Political Science Educator. I also have a forthcoming book chapter on how to teach field experimental methods to graduate students and faculty.
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 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.
I use a variety of methods in my research, including both qualitative methods – such as interviews, case study research, and text analysis – and quantitative methods, such as survey and field experiments. To learn more about my research agenda, please visit the "Research" section of my website.
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 also have a strong passion for teaching. I have taught numerous classes including, Introduction to American Government, American Political Behavior, Missouri Politics, and Women and Politics. Additionally, I am prepared to teach classes on American political institutions and behavior, state politics and policy, legislative politics and policy, and political methodology. Please visit the "Teaching" section of my website to view syllabi and student evaluations.
I am an advocate for first-generation students who are interested in learning more about graduate school and research opportunities.