Sarah Bush

Assistant Professor
420 Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk


Democracy Promotion, International Organization, International Influences on Domestic Politics, Non-State Actors in World Politics, Human Rights and Gender Policy, Middle East Politics


Sarah Bush is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. Prior to starting at Temple, 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 received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in November 2011.

Professor Bush’s research and teaching interests include international relations, democracy promotion, non-state actors in world politics, gender and human rights policy, and Middle East politics. Her 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. Her other research has been published in the journals International Organization and International Studies Quarterly and has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, among others. Some of her ongoing projects examine the effects of American democracy promotion on public attitudes in the Middle East.

Selected Publications

  • The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators, Cambridge University Press, 2015. Available here.
  • “International Politics and the Spread of Quotas for Women in Legislatures.” International Organization vol. 65, no.1 (2011): 103-137.
  • “Anti-Americanism, Authoritarian Regimes, and Attitudes about Women in Politics: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Jordan,” with Amaney Jamal. International Studies Quarterly vol. 59, no. 1 (2015): 34-45 .


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