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Sarah Bush is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University. Prior to starting at Yale, she taught at Temple University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received a 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). Her main ongoing projects explore the effects of international actors on election credibility and the changing role of international NGOs in world politics.

Dr. Bush's work has appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Journal of Politics, and Perspectives on Politics. She also occasionally writes for outlets such as the Monkey Cage blog on the Washington Post and Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. She is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.


Institution / Affiliation : Yale University

Policy: Elections, Gender, Governance