Susan Scarrow holds a John and Rebecca Moores University Professorship in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston, and is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Her teaching and scholarship focus on parliamentary democracies, including political party development, comparative political finance, and the spread of direct democracy. She co-leads the multi-national Political Party Database, an NSF-funded endeavor which currently encompasses over 240 parties and over 40 countries. She is two-time past president of the British Politics Group section of the American Political Science Association. She co-edited Organizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation and Power, a book presenting the first analyses of this project (Oxford University Press 2017).