Mara Suttmann-Lea



Welcome! I earned my Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University in the spring of 2017. This fall, I’ll be joining the Political Science Department at Skidmore College as a Visiting Assistant Professor of American Politics. My research is situated at the intersection of state and local electoral¬†institutions, campaigns, political participation, and American Political Development. I use qualitative archival data on election laws and campaign strategy, quantitative data on campaign finance, and survey experiments to study¬†how the responses of political actors to election laws can have unintended consequences for American political behavior and institutions.

I am originally from Northern Lower Michigan (Leelanau County!) but have lived in Chicago for over 10 years. 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).