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Sally Lawton, PhD, Drexel University Department of Politics

Sally Lawton, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Politics


  • PhD, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2022
  • MA, Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006
  • BA, Magna Cum Laude, Political Science, The College of Wooster, 2004

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • American politics
  • American political development
  • American constitutional development
  • Political geography
  • Urban politics
  • Racial politics


Sally Lawton is an assistant teaching professor of politics at Drexel University. Lawton’s research and teaching focuses on American urban political development, land use policy, and racial politics. Besides Drexel, she has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Gettysburg College, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her courses include Constitutional Law, Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to Political Science, Gentrify This! Cities, Space & Power, and American Political Development. Her current research project explores how ideas about space contributed to municipal institutional development in the early twentieth century. Before becoming a political scientist, Lawton worked in advertising where she wrote copy for national brands.

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