Dr. Saunders will visit American University to present her current research with the GGPS department. Elizabeth Saunders is an assistant professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. Her research and teaching interests focus on international security and foreign policy. Her book, Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions, was published by Cornell University Press in 2011. Her doctoral dissertation, "Wars of Choice: Leadership, Threat Perception, and Military Interventions," was a co-recipient of Yale University's John Addison Porter Prize, as well as the award for best dissertation in strategic studies from the Committee for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy.