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Dr. Elizabeth Bennion


Dr. Elizabeth Bennion teaches American politics, with an emphasis on political behavior. Professor Bennion is the founding director of IU South Bend's American Democracy Project, Director of Voter Services and Education for the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area, and host of WNIT’s live weekly television program Politically Speaking. In these capacities she moderates political discussions, public issue forums, and candidate debates for local, state, and national candidates. A nationally recognized expert on civic education and political engagement, Professor Bennion has won numerous awards for her teaching and service, and has published widely in academic books, journals and newsletters. She is currently working on several publications reporting the results of a national survey of student leaders, a survey experiment on rude politics and political ambition, and a series of voter registration field experiments. Professor Bennion is co-editor of two books on teaching civic engagement: Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen (2013) and Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines (2017). A third book on Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Globe is underway.