Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson is a Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1992. Her primary research and teaching interests revolve around policy making and change in public sector organizations.
One major policy change in Michigan in the past decade is the implementation of legislative term limits. As the principal investigator of the term limits research project, Dr. Sarbaugh-Thompson has worked with four other WSU colleagues for more than a decade to produce a comprehensive study of change in Michigan’s legislature. This research relies heavily on face-to-face interviews with Michigan’s state House members conducted in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004 and State Senators in 2000, 2006, and 2010.
Initial findings were published in 2004 in a book entitled, The Political and Institutional Effects of Term Limits. A second book, Implementing Term Limits: The Case of Michigan’s Legislature, is forthcoming March 2017. Her other research interests include the cost of lead poisoning children in Detroit and how presidents establish their legitimacy during the transition between their election and inauguration.