Temple University professor Sarah Bush discusses her latest book The Taming of Democracy Assistance with Steven Feldstein, Chair of Public Affairs at The Frank Church Institute at Boise State University.
Sarah Bush is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. She is a former 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. in Politics from Princeton University in November 2011.
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 recent book on this topic, The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators (available for purchase at the program). Her main ongoing projects explore the effects of election observers on election credibility and the changing role of international NGOs in world politics.
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 posts for outlets such as the Monkey Cage blog on the Washington Post and ForeignPolicy.com. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and Experiments in Governance and Politics.