Sue Thomas

Senior Research Scientist I

PIRE Calverton Center

Sue Thomas, Ph.D. is Senior Research Scientist and Director of PIRE-Santa Cruz, which specializes in research at the intersection of social science, law and policy. Among her several PIRE projects, Dr. Thomas has served on NIAAA's Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) project and SAMHSA's Report to Congress on Underage Drinking since their inceptions. Her project specialties include alcohol and drug use during pregnancy, reproductive rights,and methodological questions pertaining to using legal data for social science research. Reflecting the latter, in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Thomas is co-author of several publications on the topic.

In addition to PIRE projects and publications, she has published seven books and dozens of journal articles, books chapters, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews on women, politics, and policy and American government.  In 2020, she was the recipient of the Malcolm Jewell Enduring Contribution Book Award from the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association for her book How Women Legislate.

Before joining PIRE, she was Associate Professor of Government and Director of Women's Studies at Georgetown University.

Dr. Thomas has also taught courses on women and politics at University of California, Santa Cruz and served as an Associate Editor and Book Editor of the political science journal Politics & Gender.