Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson, Associate Professor, Environmental Politics
Associate Professor

Contact Phone

805-893-5886
Fax: 805-893-7612

Office Location

Bren Hall 4510

Specialization

Political Structures and Dynamics, and Environmental Policy

Faculty in Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University
  • B.S., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bio

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.

Research

Sarah Anderson's research interests include legislatures, political parties, public policy, statistical methods, and environmental politics.

Projects

Publications

Please view Sarah Anderson's Curriculum Vita for a list of publications.

Courses

ESM 241: Environmental Politics and Policy
ESM 243: Environmental Policy Analysis**
ESM 269: Survey Design and Environmental Public Opinion
ESM 595: PhD Seminar on Congressional Decision-Making and the Environment

**Elective course for IEES