Sarah Fisher

International Relations

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

I am a PhD candidate majoring in International Relations and minoring in Comparative Politics. My dissertation focuses on the factors impacting third party interventions in state conflict.

I am particularly interested in foreign policy and decision making.  My dissertation focuses on factors that impact decision makers to intervene or not to intervene in intrastate conflict.  These research interests have informed my coursework, methods training, and also my teaching.  I have taught international affairs classes for a wide range of students- from upper division college students finishing their degree at UGA to high school students taking an international relations class in China. 

Before coming to UGA, I graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History (with Philosophy minor).  I worked for Defense Acquisition University- South (US Department of Defense) as a research associate for the Senior Service College Fellowship program, and the summer before attending UGA, I received a Critical Language Scholarship to study in India.

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Research Interests

My research focuses on foreign policy and decision making particularly with regards to interventions in civil conflict.