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Sandra Suárez

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Political Science
Temple University
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Professor Sandra L Suárez

Professor Sandra Suárez is Professor of Political Science and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research at Temple University.

She specialises in the study of American and comparative political economy and public policy in historical perspective, and has focused her attention principally on economic policymaking, zeroing in on critical junctures in search of patterns of behaviour and interaction among the relevant formal and informal actors.

Professor Suárez has conducted research on these topics in both developed and developing countries, employing primarily theory-driven process-tracing and case-study and small-sample methodologies. She has published work about business-government relationships, especially in the US; economic development policies – which involved a historical-comparative study of Ireland, Singapore and Puerto Rico; the politics of the diffusion of the Internet, mobile telecommunications, and mobile payments; and the politics of financial regulation and executive compensation. Her new research focuses on the impact of ecommerce platforms on the privacy and housework of women in Madrid and Philadelphia. She examines how women use e-commerce platforms, and how such use affects their daily lives, work-life balance, the division of labour in the household, the monetisation of women’s lives, and their views about privacy.

Select publications

  • Poor People’s Money: The Politics of Mobile Money in Kenya and Mexico, S. Suárez, Telecommunications Policy 40, 10-11 (2016)
  • Reflections on a ‘Heavenly Chorus [that] Sings with a Strong [Male] Upper Class Accent, S. Suárez, Business and Politics 17, 1 (2015)
  • Reciprocal Policy Diffusion: The Regulation of Executive Compensation in the UK and US, Journal of Public Affairs 12, 4 (2012)
  • Paving the Road to ‘Too Big To Fail:’ Business Interests and the Politics of Financial Deregulation in the US, S. Suárez and R. Kolodny, Politics & Society 39, (2011)
  • Mobile Democracy: Text Messages, Voter Turnout and the 2004 Spanish Elections’ Representation, S. Suárez 42, (2006)
  • Explaining the Global Digital Divide: Economic, Political and Sociological Drivers of Cross-national Internet Use, M. Guillén and S. Suárez, Social Forces 84, 2 (2006)
  • Does English Rule? Language Instruction and Economic Growth Strategies in Singapore, Ireland, and Puerto Rico, S. Suárez, Comparative Politics, 37, 4 (2005)

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