Sarah Brooks is Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University (Ph.D., Duke University). She joined OSU in 2001 and is a faculty fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Her research and teaching interests center on comparative and international political economy, Latin American politics and social protection. Brooks is field coordinator for Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science, and co-director of the Brazil Working Group at the Center for Latin American Studies, as well as co-director of the Globalization Workshop at the Mershon Center. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Politics and Regions and Cohesion and is chair of the American Political Science Association division on International Collaboration for the 2012 Annual Meeting.
As a scholar of comparative and international political economy, Brooks' research interests revolve around the relationship between the state and market in social and economic relations, as well as risk protection and income security. Her first book, Social Protection and the Market in Latin America: The Transformation of Social Security Institutions, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and she has written extensively on the topic of social security and pension reform. Brooks has published articles in an array of scholarly journals and edited volumes, including International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies and Latin American Politics and Society. Her recent projects include an analysis of the "resource curse," which challenges conventional views of the political and economic effects of natural resource wealth and a study of sovereign risk in emerging markets. In addition, Brooks is engaged in a multi-year survey of the effects of economic risk and violence on political behavior in Brazil and is currently extending the research to a cross-national project.
- Comparative Politics
- International Political Economy
- Latin American Politics
- PhD, Duke University