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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.
  • 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:

    The Story of Civilization series by Will and Ariel Durant

    Languages Spoken:

    English (native) and Spanish

  • SIS-School of Intl Service
  • SIS - 115C
  • Mondays 3:15-5:15pm, Tuesdays 2:30-3:30pm, and Fridays 2:30-3:30pm, and by appointment

  • (202) 885-1613 (Office)

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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association


  • International Studies Association


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

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.

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