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, and gender and politics. My 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 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 journals such as Comparative Political StudiesInternational Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Politics, and Perspectives on Politics. It has also been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and others. My ongoing research examines how international actors influence countries’ domestic politics and the role of non-governmental organizations in global governance.

Email: sarah dot bush at temple dot edu

Telephone: (215) 204-1480

Twitter: @sarahsunnbush

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