Elizabeth N. Saunders

Elizabeth N. Saunders

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Monroe 468
Phone: 202-994-1437
Fax: 202-994-7743
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

International security, U.S. foreign policy.

Elizabeth N. Saunders is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. Her research and teaching interests focus on international security and foreign policy. She 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, 2007



Professor Saunders's book, Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions, will be published by Cornell University Press in early 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.