Political Science

Susan Moffitt

Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs
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Areas of Expertise American Politics Institutions, Public Bureaucracy, Public Policy and Administration, Education Policy, Regulation
Office Hours Tuesdays 11:00am - 12:00pm and Thursdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Professor Moffitt’s research focuses on American political institutions and public policy.  Her research combines political science and public policy to explain barriers confronting policy development and implementation in government agencies, especially in the fields of public education and public health.  Her forthcoming book (with Michaela O’Neill and David K. Cohen) Reforming the Reform: Problems of Public Schooling in the American Welfare State will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2023.  She has published two other books:  Making Policy Public: Participatory Bureaucracy in American Democracy, published by Cambridge University Press in 2014, and The Ordeal of Equality: Did Federal Regulation Fix the Schools, co-authored with David K. Cohen, and published by Harvard University Press in 2009. Her other scholarship has appeared in journals including American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsPerspectives on Politics; Journal of Law, Economics and Organization; American Journal of EducationMedical Care; Policy Studies Journal; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; History of Education Quarterly; RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences; and numerous edited volumes.  Among her recent awards and honors, Professor Moffitt received Brown University’s Early Career Research Achievement Award; and she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.  Before joining the faculty at Brown, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in health policy research at Harvard University. She holds a PhD (political science) and a MPP degree from the University of Michigan.