photo: Elizabeth Saunders

Elizabeth N. Saunders

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Room 468
Address: Monroe Hall
2115 G Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-1437
Fax: 202-994-7743

Areas of Expertise

International security, U.S. foreign policy

Elizabeth N. Saunders is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. Her research and teaching interests focus on international security and foreign policy. Her book, Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions, was published by Cornell University Press in 2011. Her doctoral dissertation, "Wars of Choice: Leadership, Threat Perception, and Military Interventions," was a co-recipient of Yale University's John Addison Porter Prize, as well as the award for best dissertation in strategic studies from the Committee for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy.

Professor Saunders has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University; a visiting scholar at the American Political Science Association's Centennial Center; a Brookings Institution Research Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies; and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, International Security, the American Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Review.


Ph.D., Yale University

Classes Taught

PSC 2446 U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6346 U.S. Foreign Policy Making
PSC 8489 Selected Topics in International Politics

  • Military Intervention