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GW classes canceled; administrative and academic offices closed on March 21

04:27am, Wednesday, March 21, 2018

GW classes are canceled, administrative and academic offices are closed, and activities and events will not take place on Wednesday, March 21 at all of our Washington metropolitan area campuses and locations because of inclement weather.

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photo: Elizabeth Saunders

Elizabeth N. Saunders

Associate 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

Professor Saunders is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University.

Her research and teaching interests focus on the domestic politics of international relations and US foreign policy, especially the role of leaders, the presidency, and the politics of using force.  Her bookLeaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions, was published by Cornell University Press in 2011, and received the 2012 Jervis-Schroeder Best Book Award from APSA’s International History and Politics section. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in International OrganizationInternational Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, the American Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Review. 

She is currently working on her second book manuscriptThe Insiders’ Game: Elites, Democracies, and War, which argues that elites, rather than voters, are the main audience for foreign policy decisions in democracies.  An article drawn from the book project was published in Security Studies.  Her current research also examines other aspects of the politics of foreign policy, including how leaders interact with advisers, the role of diplomacy in US foreign policy, and the politics of arms control.

She is an editor and contributor to the Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 2016, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow. She has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and the Brookings Institution.



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