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Sarah Knight

Assistant Professor School of International Service

Additional Positions at AU

  • Faculty Director, School of International Service Honors Program
Dr. Sarah Cleeland Knight is Faculty Director of the SIS Honors Program and Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service. Dr. Knight's research focuses on international political economy. She is interested in identifying the winners and losers from globalization and tracking how those groups influence foreign economic policy (trade, exchange rates, and sanctions). She also has written on the history of the Bretton Woods institutions and the global politics of the Internet and electronic commerce. Dr. Knight has received funding for her research from the Ford Foundation, DAAD/American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, and Georgetown University. Before coming to American University, she taught at Georgetown University and worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the USDA’s export promotion program, and the international trade office of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband, Jeff, her two daughters, Grace and Charlotte, and her golden retriever, Blue.


PhD, Government, Georgetown University; MA, Foreign Service, Georgetown University; BA, International Studies, University of Washington

Favorite Spot on Campus
Davenport Lounge
Book Currently Reading
The Story of Civilization series by Will and Ariel Durant
Languages Spoken
English (native) and Spanish
SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 115C
Mondays 1:25-2:25pm; Tuesdays 2:30-3:30pm; and Thursdays 10:30am-12:30pm
Contact Info
(202) 885-1613 (Office)
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association


  • International Studies Association


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Professional Presentations

  • "Globalization and Compensation in Good Times and Bad," paper presented at the American Political Science Association (APSA) annual conference, Washington, DC, August 2010.   
  • "A Survey of Preferences and Political Activity on Exchange Rate Policy," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, August 2007, and the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Chicago, IL, March 2007.
  • "When Exchange Rates Become Political:  The Evolving Relationship Between Exchange Rates and Firm Competitiveness," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, August 2005.   
  • "Re-examining the Digital Divide," paper prepared for the SSRC/Ford Foundation project on information technology and international cooperation and presented at the Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC, May 2004.

Work In Progress

  • "Re-Sourcing Technology in America."  In preparation.
  • Article-length project on conflict minerals and corporate social responsibility.
  • Article-length project on globalization and compensation in comparative perspective.


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