Suzanne Mettler is the Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University. Her research and teaching interests include public policy (including social welfare, tax, health, and education policies), American political development, political behavior and civic engagement, and inequality.
Mettler’s new book, due out in March 2014 from Basic Books, is: Degrees of Inequality: How Higher Education Politics Sabotaged the American Dream. Her previous books include: The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy (University of Chicago, 2011); Dividing Citizens: Gender and Federalism In New Deal Public Policy (Cornell, 1998), which was awarded the Kammerer Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best book on US national policy and the Martha Derthick Award for a book that has made an enduring contribution to the study of federalism; and Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation (Oxford University Press, 2005), which was also awarded the Kammerer Award as well as the J. David Greenstone prize of the Politics and History section of the APSA. Mettler has also published in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Studies in American Political Development, and Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law, and other scholarly journals and edited volumes, as well as op-eds in the New York Times and LA Times, and contributed to The Washington Monthly and Salon.
Mettler’s research has been supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is a fellow at the Century Foundation, and on the board of the Scholars Strategy Network. She is the past president of the Politics and History section of the APSA and the president elect of the association’s Public Policy section. Her current projects include a multi-year panel study of how health care reform influences public opinion, and an examination of how changes in social provision since 1980 have affected American’s attitudes about government and participation in politics.
- “College, The Great Unleveler,” New York Times Op-ed, March 1, 2014
- “Equalizers No More,” Chronicle of Higher Education, March 3, 2014
- “We Are the 96 Percent,” New York Times Op-Ed, with John Sides, September 24, 2012
- Paper on visibility of “government social programs,” with Julianna Koch
- “Our Hidden Government Benefits”, New York Times Op-Ed, September 19, 2011
- “20,000 Leagues Under the State”, Washington Monthly, July/August 2011
- “Obama’s Forgotten Triumphs”, Salon.com, October 15, 2011
- Selected Interviews and News Coverage Related to Degrees of Inequality
- Interview at New America Foundation, 3/27/14
- Inside Higher Ed Q&A
- Codebook, data and analyses for DEGREES OF INEQUALITY: HOW HIGHER EDUCATION POLITICS SABOTAGED THE AMERICAN DREAM (Basic Books, 2014), Chapter 4, “From Pioneer to Slacker: The Rise and Decline of American Public Higher Education”