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Sarah Anzia

Associate Professor of Public Policy & Political Science
792 Social Sciences Building
Personal Statement

Sarah Anzia is a political scientist who studies American politics with a focus on state and local government, elections, interest groups, political parties, and public policy. Her first book, Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups (University of Chicago Press, 2014), examines how the timing of elections can be manipulated to affect both voter turnout and the composition of the electorate, which, in turn, affects election outcomes and public policy. She has a second book forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press, Local Interests: Politics, Policy, and Interest Groups in US City Governments, which evaluates the political activity of interest groups in US local governments and how interest groups shape local policies on housing, business tax incentives, policing, and public service provision more broadly. She has also written about the political activity and influence of public-sector unions, the politics of public pensions, policy feedback, women in politics, political parties, and the historical development of electoral institutions. Her work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and Studies in American Political Development. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and an M.P.P. from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.

Academic Subfields
Research Interests
Interest groups
State and local politics
Political parties
Public policy
Political institutions
Women in politics
M.P.P., University of Chicago
Ph.D., Stanford University

Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups (The University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Local Interests: Politics, Policy, and Interest Groups in US City Governments (The University of Chicago Press, forthcoming, May 2022)