Sandra L. Suárez


438 Gladfelter Hall
Phone: 215-204-1468


Sandra L. Suárez (Ph.D., Yale University, 1994) is Professor of Political Science and Faculty Affiliate in Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies. She specializes in the study of American and Comparative political economy and public policy in historical perspective. Her first book Does business learn?: Tax Breaks, Uncertainty, and Political Strategies was published in 2000 by the University of Michigan Press.

Suárez’ current research centers on the effects of “focusing events” on executive compensation policies and governance practices in the U.S. and U.K. Another area of research is the historical evolution of financial privacy rights in Spain and the U.K. and its impact on credit vs. debit card diffusion. Her work has been published in theJournal of Comparative Politics, Politics & Society, Social Forces, and Studies in Comparative International Development. She teaches courses on the politics growth and inequality and comparative public policy research.

Suárez has been awarded fellowships by the Ford Foundation, the Center for International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, the Institute for the Study of World Politics and the Juan March Foundation, Center for Advance Study in the Social Sciences in Madrid.


“Paving the Way to ‘Too Big to Fail:’ Business Interests and the Politics of Financial Deregulation in the U.S.” Politics & Society (forthcoming) (with Robin Kolodny).

Mobile Democracy: Text Messages, Voter Turnout and the 2004 Spanish Elections” Representation.Vol. 42, Issue 2 (July 2006).

Does English Rule? Language Instruction and Economic Growth Strategies in Singapore, Ireland, and Puerto Rico” Comparative Politics, vol. 37 no. 4 (July 2005).

“Explaining the Global Digital Divide: Economic, Political and Sociological Drivers of Cross-national Internet Use” Social Forces, vol. 94 (December 2005) (with Mauro F. Guillén).

Political and Economic Motivations for Labor Control: A Comparison of Ireland, Puerto Rico, and Singapore.” Studies in Comparative International Development vol. 36 no. 2 (Summer 2001).

Does Business Learn? Tax Breaks, Uncertainty, and Political Experience” (The University of Michigan Press, 2000) (Sample Chapter 1)

CV: Dr. Sandra L. Suarez

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