Faculty - Sarah Anderson

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson, Associate Professor — Environmental Politics
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Diversity Advocate, Bren School
PhD, Political Science, Stanford University; BS, Political Science,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sarah Anderson arrived at the Bren School in 2007, bringing expertise in political structures and dynamics, which profoundly influence environmental policy. Her research interests include legislatures, political parties, public policy, statistical methods, and environmental politics. Those interests are reflected in her experience in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a U.S. congressman’s legislative assistant and also researched legislation to brief members of the House National Parks and Public Lands Subcommittee. Her current projects include an extension of her dissertation work, in which she analyzed (and found serious limitations to) the three main models for predicting government spending at the level of appropriations bills. In other projects, she is working to quantify the impact of environmentally concerned constituents on congressional voting, and seeking to determine the degree to which environmental voting, agricultural voting, and voting in other policy areas reflect more general voting in Congress.

Office: Bren Hall 4510
Phone: 805-893-5886
Fax: 805-893-7612

Curriculum Vitae
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Guidelines for Prospective PhD Students

Bren Courses Taught




Environmental Politics and Policy


Environmental Policy Analysis


Survey Design and Environmental Public Opinion


PhD Seminar on Congressional Decision-Making and the Environment

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