Elizabeth Saunders
2012, IPSI
Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University



Elizabeth N. Saunders is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University.  For Fall 2016, she is a Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow.  Professor Saunders has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and the Brookings Institution.

Her research and teaching interests focus on the domestic politics of international relations and US foreign policy, especially the role of leaders, the presidency, and the politics of using force.  Her bookLeaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions, was published by Cornell University Press in 2011, and received the 2012 Jervis-Schroeder Best Book Award from APSA’s International History and Politics section.  Professor Saunders’ work has been published or is forthcoming in International OrganizationInternational Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, the American Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Review.


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