Welcome. I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. Prior to starting at Temple, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. I received my Ph.D. from Princeton University in November 2011.

My research and teaching interests include international relations, democracy promotion, non-state actors in world politics, gender and human rights policy, and Middle East politics. My recent book, The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators (Cambridge University Press), explores how and why the United States and other developed countries turned to democracy promotion at the end of the Cold War and what the impact of doing so has been. The book combines large-N analysis of new and existing data sets of democracy assistance projects with case studies that draw on field research in Jordan and Tunisia. My other research has been published or is forthcoming in the journals International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of PoliticsComparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, and The Review of International Organizations and has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, among others. My ongoing research examines the causes and consequences of democracy promotion as well as women’s representation in the Arab world.

Email: sarah dot bush at temple dot edu

Telephone: (215) 204-1480

Twitter: @sarahsunnbush

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