College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Suzanne M. Robbins

Suzanne M. Robbins

Suzanne M. Robbins

Assistant Professor

Interest Groups, American Politics & Institutions, Public Policy, Social Network Analysis

I am a political scientist specializing in American politics. I earned my Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and currently teach at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In general, I apply theories from political economy to questions relating to how political institutions structure the behavior of political organizations throughout the political process.

Much of my research aims to overcome the traditional boundaries between interest group research and policy/administrative studies, combining the concerns of both fields in innovative studies of policy arenas in which group politics and policy outcomes intersect. Much of my current research focuses on the behavior of organized interests. In particular, I study the transmission of information, the creation of campaign finance networks, and the structure of group networks. Of particular interest are how context and information effect behavior and political and policy outcomes.

Selected Publications

Play Nice or Pick a Fight? Cooperation as an Interest Group Strategy. Policy Studies Journal (forthcoming 2010).

Balance or Dominance? Party Competition in Congressional Politics. 2010. Political Research Quarterly 63(2): 316-327 (with H. Norpoth).

Cash Flows: Leadership PACs in the U.S. Congress from 1992-2008. 2010. Proceedings of the HI Conference of System Sciences, published at IEEE Computer Society Press.

Follow the Money: The Network of Political Organizations and Candidates in 2000 (Chapter 2). 2009. In McGrath, C., Editor, Interest Groups & Lobbying: Volume One - The United States, and Comparative Studies. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press (with M. Tsvetovat).

Welfare Reform and Economic and Housing Capacity for Low Income Households, 1997-1999. 2004. Policy Studies Journal 32(3): 419-440 (with H. Barcus).


Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook, 2003
M.A., SUNY Stony Brook, 1999
B.A, University of Tennessee, 1990