James Sutherland recieved her PhD in Political Science at Northeastern University in 2016, specializing in American and Comparative Politics. He has a strong background and interest in local government and elections. James has served as an instructor for Quantitative Techniques (POLS 2400), Urban Policies and Politics (POLS 2345), and American Government (POLS 1150).
James’ primary research focus is on urban politics and city governance. In particular, James studies municipal elections and campaigns. His dissertation focuses on electoral institutions and voter turnout in major American cities. James is proficient in ArcGIS, SPSS, and STATA.
James, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, moved to Boston in 2009 to finish his Bachelor’s Degree at Emmanuel College. While at Emmanuel, played NCAA Division III volleyball. Outside of his academic work, James enjoys traveling; photography; coffee; watching and playing volleyball, baseball, and football; and more recently, viticulture and enology.
Sutherland, James, and James Chisholm. 2016. “Four arguments for four-year Boston City Council terms.” CommonWealth Magazine (April 18).
Dicara, Lawrence S., Sutherland, James D., and Samuel True Adams. 2015. “The incredibly vanishing Boston voter.” Commonwealth (October 22).
Sutherland, James D. 2015. “Instant runoff voting could improve Boston elections.” Commonwealth (July 7).
Sutherland, James D., Dicara, Lawrence S., and Samuel True Adams. 2015. “Kid-free Boston.” Commonwealth (March 19).
Sutherland, James D. and Lawrence S. DiCara. 2013. “A tale of two cities.” Commonwealth (November 13).
Sutherland, James D. and Lawrence S. DiCara. 2013. “No surge of ‘new’ voters.” Commonwealth (October 10).
Sutherland, James D. and Lawrence S. DiCara. 2013. “Elections highlight shifts in Boston voting.” Commonwealth (August 6).
Sutherland, James D. and Lawrence S. DiCara. 2013. “Where the Votes are in Boston.” Commonwealth (Spring): 19-21.
Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Conference (2010, 2011)
Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Conference (2014)
Degrees Earned and Institutions
BA, Emmanuel College
MA, Northeastern University
PhD, Northeastern University
Local Government, Campaigns and Elections, Electoral Institutions, Voter Turnout, Urban Policy, Community and Economic Development