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Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

Director of Graduate Studies, Professor



2068 Derby Hall
154 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH

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Sarah Brooks is a Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University (Ph.D., Duke University). She joined OSU in 2001 and has research and teaching interests in comparative and international political economy, including the politics of natural resource development, the political economy of sovereign risk, and politics in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Brooks is currently the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science, and was Associate Editor of the American Journal of Political Science and Huber Faculty Fellow. She served on the Steering Committee of the International Political Economy Society and was co-director of the Globalization Workshop at the Mershon Center for ten years. She is a member of the editorial boards of The American Journal of Political Science, The British Journal of Political Science, and Regions and Cohesion.

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, and the impact of physical and economic insecurity on individual behavior. In the field of international political economy, her research examines the political economy of sovereign risk and global capital flows, most recently focusing on the interaction between investor behavior and government actors in sovereign debt markets. Her recent projects include a series of analyses of the "resource curse," which challenge conventional views of the political and economic effects of natural resource wealth. Her newest extension of this research examines the role of critical minerals and the politics of their development in the Green Transition. She also has a series of papers on the political effects of risk and insecurity on democratic citizenship in South Africa. In addition to her first book, Social Protection and the Market in Latin America: The Transformation of Social Security Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Brooks has published articles in an array of scholarly journals, including Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Politics & Society, and Latin American Politics and Society. Her research has been funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and she was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa in 2015.