Political Science
Elizabeth Bennion

Elizabeth Bennion

2181 Wiekamp Hall
(574) 520-4128
CV: Bennion CV.pdf


My research interests include the following topic areas:

Political Participation and Voter Mobilization in the United States
Descriptive versus Substantive Political Representation
Group Identity and Politicized Group Consciousness in the United States
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

I am also very involved in service to the campus. In addition to my active involvement on the Women's Studies Governing Board, and on several campus committees, I currently serve in the following leadership capacities:

Campus Director, American Democracy Project
Coordinator, American Studies Program
Advisor, Political Science Club

Courses Taught

Introduction to American Politics
American Political Controversies
Gender Politics in the United States
Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States
Public Opinion and Political Participation
Voting, Elections, and Public Opinion
Get Engaged: A Hands-On Approach to Civic Leadership

Selected Publications

2010. "The Cost of Convenience: A Field Experiment Showing that Email Outreach Decreases Voter Registration." (with coauthor David Nickerson). Political Research Quarterly.

2010. “Experiments” in 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook

2009. “I’ll Register to Vote if You Teach Me How,” Indiana Journal of Political Science.

2006. "Assessing Electoral Engagement Activities" in Electoral Voices: A Best Practices Guide to Engaging College Students. American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

2006. “Civic Education and Citizen Engagement: Mobilizing Voters as a Required Field Experiment.” Journal of Political Science Education.

2006. “Increasing Political Efficacy through Community-Based Research.” Quick Hits for Educating Citizens, Indiana University Press.

2005. "Mobilizing Voters during a Competitive Congressional Campaign." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

2004. "Using a Web-Based Course Management Program to Increase Student Participation and Responsibility," The Political Science Educator.

2004. "The Importance of Peer Mentoring for Facilitating Professional and Personal Development," PS: Political Science & Politics.

2003. "The Argument for Mainstreaming Gender Politics Studies," The Presidency & Congress: A Journal of Capitol Affairs.

Honors and Awards

 Top Honors

Eldon F. Lundquist Award, 2011.

  • Awarded to a meritorious faculty member of Indiana University, South Bend Campus, who has exhibited excellence in teaching, scholarly or artistic achievement, and diversified relevant service, including community service throughout the Michiana region.

W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service, 2009.

  • Awarded to a faculty member of Indiana University (any campus) who has provided exceptional service (continuing effort and unusual achievement) to the university, to the profession, and/or to the community extending over a period of at least five years.


2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 American Political Science Association/Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching Award
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award
2004 Selection to IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET),
2002 Who's Who Among America 's Teachers

Research Grants

2011 Faculty Research Grant, $8,500, IU South Bend
2008 Scholarship of Engagement Grant, $3000, Indiana Campus Compact
2007 Faculty Research Grant, $4,000, IU South Bend
2006 Innovations in Nonpartisan Youth Voter Registration, $215,000, Young Voter Strategies
2005 Faculty Research Grant, $4,000, IU South Bend
2003 Faculty Research Grant, $8,000, IU South Bend
2003 Scholarship of Engagement Grant , $3,000, Indiana Campus Compact
2002 Field Experiments Research Grant, $2,500, Yale University