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Elizabeth Bennion

2181 Wiekamp Hall
(574) 520-4128
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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

Selected Publications

2009. “Civil Liberties” in American Democracy Now, McGraw-Hill.

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


2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 American Political Science Association/Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching Award

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award

2004 Selection to IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET),

2002 Who's Who Among America 's Teachers


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


2009. W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service, Indiana University Board of Trustees.