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Sarah Knight

Assistant Professor
School of International Service

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Co-Director, Global Scholars Program
  • Dr. Sarah Cleeland Knight is Co-Director of the Global Scholars Program and Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service. She also serves on the American University's Honors Advisory Committee. 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.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Government, Georgetown University; MA, Foreign Service, Georgetown University; BA, International Studies, University of Washington
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    Davenport Lounge

    Book Currently Reading:

    Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods by Eric Helleiner

    Languages Spoken:

    English (native) and Spanish

  • SIS-School of Intl Service
  • East Quad Bldg - 201A
  • Mondays 3:15-5:15PM and Thursdays 2:30-4:30PM, and by appointment

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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association


  • International Studies Association



  • Spring 2015

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Corp Soc Respons in Glbl Cntxt
    • Description
  • Fall 2015

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Global Int'l Relations Theory
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications


  • “The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – Three Questions for Sarah Cleeland Knight,” American University School of International Service Web site, April 3, 2015.
  • "It's Time for the United States to Join China's New Multilateral Bank," Points of Order, March 23, 2015.
  • "Keep China Out of the TPP (for Now)," Points of Order, January 14, 2015.
  • "Bretton Woods and Monetary Regimes," in Gerard Caprio, ed. The Handbook of Key Global Financial Markets, Institutions, and Infrastructure. Vol. 1.  Oxford: Elsevier Press. 2013.
  • "Globalization and Compensation in Hard Times:  The US Trade Adjustment Assistance Program and the Great Recession," Democracy and Society, Vol. 10, Issue 1.  Fall 2012.  
  • "Divested Interests: Globalization and the New Politics of Exchange Rates," Business and Politics, Vol. 12, Issue 2 (August 2010).   


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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