• B.A., Beloit College, 2018
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2021, 2023
Areas of Interest

Dr.Sorensen received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2023 where she studied American Politics and Political Methodology with a minor in Political Psychology. Her research broadly lies at the intersection of electoral behavior, group behavior, and public opinion. She studies the impact that social identity (social class, gender, and race) has on political attitudes, as well as the barriers marginalized groups face in running for elected office.

Courses Taught
  • Political Psychology and Socialization
  • LGBTQ+ Politics & Policy
  • Class & Inequality
  • Introduction to U.S. National Politics
  • Sorensen, Ashley and Philip Chen. (2023). “She Works Hard for the Money: Explaining Racial and Gender Disparities in Candidate Success in Primary Elections ”Politics Groups & Identities.” (Forthcoming). doi: 10.1177/10659129211022846
  • Sorensen, Ashley and Philip Chen. (2021). “Intersectionality in Campaign Finance: The Impact of Gender and Race on U.S. House Elections.”Political Research Quarterly.” 75(3): 738-753. doi: 10.1080/21565503.2023.2231894