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Sarah Cleeland Knight Assistant Professor Politics, Governance & Economics

Sarah Cleeland Knight
SIS | Politics, Governance & Economics
School of International Service 352
Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 (via Zoom, email for appointment) and Thursdays 1-3 (in person)
Additional Positions at AU
Undergraduate Faculty Coordinator, Politics, Economics, and Governance Department
PhD, Government, Georgetown University; MA, Foreign Service, Georgetown University; BA, International Studies, University of Washington

Favorite Spot on Campus
Davenport Lounge
Book Currently Reading
A World Safe for Democracy, by G. John Ikenberry
Dr. Knight is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Faculty Coordinator in the Politics, Governance, and Economics Department at American University’s School of International Service. She focuses her research and teaching in international political economy. In particular, she is interested in identifying the winners and losers from globalization and tracking how those groups influence foreign economic policy (trade and exchange rates). She also has written on the international relations discipline, the history of the Bretton Woods institutions, and the global politics of the Internet/e-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.
For the Media
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Spring 2024

  • SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Economic Warfare

  • SISU-441 SIS Honors Project II

Fall 2024

  • SISU-220 Int'l Political Economy

  • SISU-440 SIS Honors Project I

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications