Susan Tabrizi

Associate Professor of Political Science
"For me, politics is an essential element of social life. There are few things I can think of that do not have political implications. I try to suggest to my students that the best strategy for dealing with their political world is to understand and engage it because the choice is either to act or be acted upon. The choice seems easy to me."
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Professor Tabrizi studies American Politics. Her research interests include the nature of public opinion, political ideology and political values. Her current research investigates the multiple meanings of the concept equality and their relation to issues such as social welfare, affirmative action, the minimum wage and gay rights. In addition, she is interested in the ideological underpinnings of attitudes about global climate change.


Ph.D. 2002 Stony Brook University (State University of New York)
(American Politics, Political Psychology, Methodology)
M.A. 1997 State University of New York at Stony Brook
(American Politics, Political Psychology, Methodology)
M.A. 1996 University of South Carolina
(American Politics, Political Theory)
B.A. 1994 Utica College of Syracuse University
(Political Science)

Select Publications

Tabrizi, Susan J. 2004. "At What Price? Security, Civil Liberties, and Public Opinion in the Age of Terrorism". Chapter 9 in, American National Security and Civil Liberties in an Era of Terrorism. David B. Cohen and John W. Wells, eds. Palgrave Press

Songer, Donald R. and Susan J. Tabrizi. 1999. "The Religious Right in Court: The Decision Making of Christian Evangelicals in State Supreme Courts. Journal of Politics. 61(2) 507-526.

Current Projects:

Tabrizi, Susan J. 2010. "Framing Equality: The Role of Dominant and Subordinate Value Meanings in Public Opinion"

Tabrizi, Susan J. 2010. "Equality Matters: Public Attitudes about the Minimum Wage."

Tabrizi, Susan J. 2010. "Sustainability and Ideology: The Politics of Global Warming."

Recent Conference Presentations:
Tabrizi, Susan J. 2010. " Equality Matters: Political Context, Multi-Meaning Values and Public Attitudes about Public Education and the Minimum Wage. Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 22-25.

Tabrizi, Susan J. 2007. "Equality Matters: Public Opinion, Public Policy and Political Values." Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 11-15.

Courses Taught

Senior Seminar
Senior Thesis
Public Policy: Problems and Solutions
American Politics
Contemporary Political Ideology
Government and Politics Today (Introduction to Political Science)
American Political Parties, Campaigns and Elections
Public Opinion

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