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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

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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association


  • International Studies Association


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • "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).   
  • "Electronic Commerce," in Robert A. Denamark, ed. The International Studies Compendium Project. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. 2010. (Co-authored with Catherine L. Mann)   
  • "Review of One Economics, Many Recipes, by Dani Rodrik," Democracy and Society, Volume 5 (December), 2007.   
  • "Regulatory Conflict Over Data Privacy," Cases on Transatlantic Relations, American Consortium on European Studies, 2003.   
  • Global Electronic Commerce: A Policy Primer, book co-authored with Catherine L. Mann and Sue E. Eckert. Washington, DC: Institute for International Economics, 2000.   
  • "Electronic Commerce and the World Trade Organization,"chapter co-authored with Catherine L. Mann, in Jeffrey Schott, ed., The WTO After Seattle. Washington, DC: Institute for International Economics, 2000.

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.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Online course development grant, American University
  • Research Fellow, Georgetown University, Center for Democracy and Civil Society
  • Departmental Fellowship, Georgetown University
  • School of Foreign Service Research Fellowship, Georgetown University
  • DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow
  • Jill Hopper Memorial Fellowship, Georgetown University
  • Best Graduate Paper in International Relations, Georgetown University's Department of Government
  • School of Foreign Service Teaching Fellowship, Georgetown University
  • Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy, Georgetown University
  • Earl C. Ravenal Scholarship, Georgetown University
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Washington

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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