Mara Suttmann-Lea




Welcome! I earned my Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University in the spring of 2017. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of American Politics in the Political Science Department at Skidmore College. I study the relationship between election laws and administration, political parties and campaigns, and political participation. I examine how the responses of political actors– campaigns, party organizations, and election administrators– to changes in electoral institutions shape Americans’ engagement in the electoral process in the United States.

I am originally from Northern Lower Michigan (Leelanau County!) but lived in Chicago (Go Cubs!) for over 10 years before moving to Saratoga Springs. Prior to studying at Northwestern, I worked at the Chicago Federation of Labor Worker Assistance Committee and studied at DePaul University (BA in Political Science and Islamic World Studies).