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Sarah BrooksProfessor
Political Science
220G Mershon Center
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A.B., Political Science, The University of Chicago (1993)
M.A., Political Science, Duke University (1997)
Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University (2001)

Sarah Brooks is professor of political science at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests center on comparative and international political economy, Latin American politics and social protection.

Brooks is field coordinator for comparative politics in the Department of Political Science, and co-director of the Brazil Working Group at the Center for Latin American Studies, as well as co-director of the Globalization Workshop at the Mershon Center. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly 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, as well as risk protection and income security. 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, and she has written extensively on the topic of social security and pension reform.

Brooks has published articles in an array of scholarly journals and edited volumes, including International OrganizationAmerican Journal of Political ScienceThe Journal of PoliticsWorld PoliticsComparative Political Studies 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 is currently extending the research to a cross-national project. Her research has been funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and she was awarded a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research in South Africa.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
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Mershon Projects
Insecure Democracy: Risk and Political Engagement in South Africa (2013-14, 2017-18)
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)