Suzanne
Pritzker

Professor, Political Science
Director, Local Elections in America Project

Suzanne Pritzker is an associate professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her research interests focus on examining structures that facilitate and impede civic participation, as well as strategies to increase civic engagement. She has published extensively on civic engagement, public policy, and macro-level change efforts, and is co-author of Political Social Work: Using Power to Create Social Change. She teaches graduate courses in policy analysis, policy advocacy, and macro social work practice, and leads the GCSW’s political social work programming.

Areas of Expertise
I bring both experience working in the policy sector and extensive experience conducting funded research focused on opportunities and structures that promote civic engagement, especially for young people. I also have over a decade of experience in university classrooms, teaching students about civic engagement, the policy process, and advocacy.

What does “Houston in Action” mean to you?
Houston in Action brings together many different types of organizations in Houston to pursue a common goal: expanding civic engagement in Greater Houston. It melds research and on-the-ground field work in order to achieve structures and opportunity for individuals in Houston to have a greater voice in the communities and decision-making that affect their daily lives.

What do you like most about Houston and its diverse tapestry?
Houston is so vibrant, so full of energy, and so diverse. We always have so much to learn from each other!

Regardless of social identity, people should have equal opportunities to participate in, and have a meaningful impact, on civic life.