Sarah Bush is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in November 2011.
Her research and teaching interests include international relations, democracy promotion, non-state actors in world politics, and gender and politics. Her 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 analysis of new and existing data sets of democracy assistance projects with case studies that draw on field research in Jordan and Tunisia.