Alumni (National Fellow)

Sarah Bush

National Fellow
B.A. Northwestern University (2005)
Ph.D. Princeton University (2011)
Dream Mentor:
Miles Kahler
American University School of International Service
Fields of Interest:
Foreign Policy
Political Science
Region: Middle East


Sarah Bush is an associate professor of political science at Yale University and a research fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Prior to starting at Yale, she was an assistant professor of political science at Temple University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 2011.

Dr. Bush’s research examines how international actors try to aid democracy, promote women’s representation, and support elections in developing countries. She is the author of a book on this topic, The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators (Cambridge University Press, 2015), as well as articles in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Journal of Politics, and Perspectives on Politics. She occasionally writes for outlets such as the Monkey Cage blog on the Washington Post and ForeignPolicy.com. Her main ongoing projects explore the effects of international actors on election credibility and the changing role of international NGOs in world politics.

Thesis Description:

The Democracy Establishment

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