Sandra L. Suárez

Sandra L. Suárez, an award-winning teacher and scholar with 25 years’ experience at Temple University, is Professor of Political Science and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research. She is also co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Anti-Bias Advisory Board and Director of the Laura Undergraduate Scholars Program in the College of Liberal Arts.

Suárez was born and raised in Puerto Rico.  She earned an undergraduate degree from Clark University, where she was awarded high honors in government. She received a master’s degree and PhD in political science from Yale University. She has received numerous fellowships, including from the Ford Foundation, MIT, the Center for International Studies at the Princeton University, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Juan March Foundation, Center for Advance Study in the Social Sciences in Madrid. In addition, she is the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Eleanor Hofkin Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Rowman & Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching.

An expert in comparative public policy, Suarez’ research deals with how political and economic actors shape the policymaking process and its outcomes across countries and over time. She 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. She 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 and mobile telecommunications, and the politics of financial regulation and executive compensation in the US and UK. The overarching questions that unite her work are firmly rooted in the political economy tradition: in what ways do governments chose to intervene in the economy, what are the interests of formal and informal actors, and what are the political and economic trade-offs? Suárez’s work has been published in the Journal of Comparative PoliticsPolitics & SocietyRepresentation, Social ForcesStudies in Comparative International Development and Telecommunications Policy. She is the author of Does Business Learn? Tax Breaks, Uncertainty, and Political Experience, published by University of Michigan Press.  At the present time, she is conducting a comparative study on how digital platforms are transforming housework in Madrid, Philadelphia and Singapore. 

She is looking forward to experiencing college life at Clare Hall, interacting with Fellows, students, and visitors, and engaging in meaningful conversations about important topics at the intersection of politics, technology, and the economy.