Lizzy McCourt Noonan
Fields of Study: American Politics, Comparative Politics
Areas of interest: Urban politics, state politics, interest groups, education policy, racial and ethnic politics
Lizzy McCourt Noonan is a PhD candidate in American politics and comparative politics at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation focuses on the politics of education reform. She specifically explores variation in charter school authorization and expansion across the United States.
Previously, Lizzy served as the associate director of Outreach Initiatives at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where she supported CFR’s public engagement with religious, academic, and civic communities across the country. She was also a senior research associate at Global Strategy Group, a public affairs firm. In that role, she conducted research for political and advocacy clients including congressional, gubernatorial, and mayoral candidates; faith-based organizations; and primary, secondary, and higher education institutions. Additionally, Lizzy spent two years working at Success Academies, a nonprofit network of charter schools, where she designed and implemented community outreach programs and supported the organization’s government relations. Lizzy earned a BA in international political economy and Spanish language and literature from Fordham University and an MA in political science from the University of Notre Dame.