Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

Associate Professor of Political Science


2052 Derby Hall
154 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

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  • Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University (2001)
  • M.A., Political Science, Duke University (1997)
  • A.B., Political Science, The University of Chicago (1993)


Sarah Brooks is professor of political science at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests center on international political economy, comparative politics of developing countries, and the political economy of risk protection.

Brooks is associate editor of the American Journal of Political Science (2018-19), as well as a Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellow (2018-2021). She is on the steering committee of the International Political Economy Society and co-director of the Globalization Workshop at the Mershon Center. She is a member of the editorial board of International Studies Quarterly, Socio-Economic Review, 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. In the field of international political economy, her research examines the political economy of sovereign risk and global capital flows.

Her research in comparative politics examines the political effects of risk and insecurity in Brazil and South Africa. 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. Brooks also has published articles in an array of scholarly journals, including International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Politics and Society, 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 South Africa. Her research has been funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and she was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa.

Faculty Links

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page

Media Links

Political Science: Brooks named associate editor of the American Journal of Political Science (2018)
Mershon Center: Brooks, Nyseth Brehm win faculty recognitions (2018)
Mershon Center: Area companies learn to navigate political risk (2016)

Mershon Projects

Insecure Democracy: Risk and Political Engagement in South Africa (2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19)
State Security and Provision of Human Security (2012-13, 2013-14)
Insecure Decmocracy: Risk and Distributional Conflict in Brazil (2010-11, 2011-12) 
Political Dimensions of Economic and Civil Insecurity in Brazil (2009-10) 
Globalization, Institutions and Economic Security speaker series, with Alexander Thompson (2006-13)