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Sarah Burns

Associate Professor of Political Science

Rochester Institute of Technology

smbgsm@rit.edu

Education

Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, USA (2006-2013)

Ph.D. (2013)

M.A. (2009)

University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada (2001-2006)

B.A. (2006)

Specialist in Political Science; Minors in Philosophy and French

Academic Appointments

Summer 2019-present

Rochester Institute of Technology

Associate Professor of Political Science

Fall 2013-Spring 2019

Rochester Institute of Technology

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Fall 2010

Claremont McKenna College

Visiting Instructor in Government

California State University San Bernardino

Visiting Instructor in Political Science

Publications

“Shifting the Blame on the Red Line: Audience Costs, Obama, and Congress.” (with Andrew Stravers) Political Science Quarterly, Forthcoming

“The Capitalist Peace: A New Way Forward for American Foreign Policy.” Society 54 (6) (November 2017): 501-508.

“Debating War Powers: Battles in the Clinton and Obama Administrations.” Political Science Quarterly 132 (2) (July 2017): 203-223.

“A New Model of Executive Power: Montesquieu’s Explanation of War Powers” Perspectives on Political Science 44 (4) (December 2015): 247-256.

“What’s the Difference between a Hockey Mom and a Pit Bull?: Presentations of Palin and Gender Stereotypes in the 2008 Presidential Election” (with Lindsay Eberhardt and Jennifer Merolla) Political Research Quarterly 66 (3) (September 2013): 687-701.

Available Working Papers

“Democratic Peace Theory, Montesquieu, and Public Choice” (with Chad Van Schoelandt) (accepted for inclusion in Reclaiming Liberalism edited by Leslie Marsh)

“Legalizing a Political Fight: Bending Constitutional War Powers in the Bush and Obama Administrations,” R&R from Presidential Studies Quarterly

Book Manuscript

The Politics of War Powers: The Theory and History of Presidential Unilateralism (Forthcoming, University of Kansas Press)

Research in Progress

“From the Barbary Pirates to ISIS: America’s Long History of Fighting State-Sponsored Terrorism” (with Jordan Miller)

“The Faltering Peace: US Democracy Promotion Abroad” (with Andy Stravers)

Book Reviews

Hendrickson, Ryan. Obama at War: Congress and the Imperial Presidency. University of Kentucky Press. Review for Perspectives on Politics

Selected Conference Papers

“From the Barbary Pirates to ISIS: America’s Long History of Fighting State-Sponsored Terrorism” (with Jordan Miller), at APSA, Washington, DC, September 2019

“The Politics of War Powers: The Cold War,” at Shawnee Trail Conference, Kinder Institute, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

“War Powers in the Washington, Jefferson, and Madison Administrations,” at APSA, Boston, MA, September 2018

“The Politics of War Powers,” at APSA, San Francisco, CA, September 2017

“The Red Line: Obama’s Foreign Policy Dilemma in Syria,” at APSA, San Francisco, CA, September 2017 (with Andy Stravers)

“Terrorism and the 21st Century: Is the Imperial Presidency Here to Stay?,” at NEPSA Annual Conference, Providence, RI, April 2017

“Montesquieu’s Constitutionalism,” at NEPSA Annual Conference, Providence, RI, April 2017

“A New World Order: The End of Communism and the Continuation of Unilateral Executive Action,” at SPSA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 2017.

“The Oracle: Montesquieu and the American Constitution,” at NEPSA Annual Conference, Newport, RI, April 2016

“Democratic Peace Theory, Montesquieu, and Public Choice,” at SPSA Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 2016 (with Chad Van Schoelandt)

“Monarchy, Republics, and Moderate Government: Debating Montesquieu’s Role in America’s Constitutional Development,” at SPSA Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 2016

“Montesquieu and Democratic Peace Theory,” at Cosmos and Taxis Annual Conference, Rochester, USA, May 2015

“Virtuous Citizen or Vicious Misanthrope?: Rousseau and Smith on the Relationship between Commerce and Morality,” at APT National Conference, Madison, USA, October 2014 (with co-author Lauren Hall)

“Prerogative Power and Perpetual War: Taming the Prince in the Age of Terror,” at MPSA Annual Conference, Chicago, USA, April 2014

“The Limits of Consent: Montesquieu’s Response to Social Contract Theory,” at NPSA Annual Conference, Boston, USA, November 2012

“Democracy Wasn’t Built in a Day: What Modern Democracies Can Learn from Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws,” at the MPSA Annual Conference, Chicago, USA, April 2011

“What’s the Difference between a Hockey Mom and a Pit Bull?: Presentations of Palin and Gender Stereotypes in the 2008 Presidential Election,” at the APSA National Conference, Toronto, Canada, September 2009

“The Uses and Abuses of Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Rousseau’s Influence on the French Revolution,” at the MPSA Annual Conference, Chicago, USA, April 2009

“The Birth of Liberty: Liberalism and Republicanism in the American Founding,” at the MPSA Annual Conference, Chicago, USA, April 2009

“Rousseau’s Utopia: A Careful Examination of Rousseau’s Social Contract,” at the SPSA Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA, January 2009

“From the Zoon Politicon to the Liberal Democratic: How the Idea of Liberty Has Changed Throughout Western History,” at CIRCEM’s lecture series, Ottawa, Canada, August 2008

“The Subversive Power of Affluence,” at the MPSA Annual Conference, Chicago, USA, April 2008

“Montesquieu and Rousseau on the Nature of Corruption,” at the SWPSA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, USA, March 2008

Other Conference Activity

Discussant for “Montesquieu and Rome,” at APSA Annual Conference, Washington, DC, September 2019

Discussant for “Property Rights Across Cultures and Theoretical Foundations,” at SPSA Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January, 2016

Critic for “Author Meets Critics: Jacob Levy’s Rational, Pluralism, and Freedom,” at APSA National Conference, San Francisco, September 2015

Discussant for “New Issues in Presidential Politics I,” at MPSA Annual Conference, Chicago, USA, April 2014

Discussant for “Arendt, and the Poetics of Cosmopolitanism and Bureaucracy,” at NPSA Annual Conference, Boston, USA, November 2012

Discussant for “Democracy and Elitism,” at APSA National Conference, New Orleans, USA, August 2012

Invited Talks

“Liberals and Radicals: How European Thought Influenced the American Revolution,” at Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama, June 2019.

“The Politics of War Powers,” presented at SUNY, Geneseo, March, 2019.

“The Terror Presidency,” presented at Queen’s University for The Institute for Liberal Studies, November, 2018.

“Montesquieu and Capitalist Peace Theory,” presented at the Stan McKenzie Salon series, at Rochester Institute of Technology, December, 2015.

 “Montesquieu and the Democratic Peace,” presented at the University of Arizona, March, 2015.

 “Capitalist Peace Theory and American Foreign Policy: A New Way Forward,” presented at The Institute for Liberal Studies Conference, in Toronto, Canada, March, 2014.

Research Experience

Visiting Researcher at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCEM) at The University of Ottawa (April 2011-April 2012), Ottawa, Canada

Research Assistant at The Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College(June 2007-present), in Claremont, USA

Invited Scholar at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales (EHESS)(January 2010-June 2010), Paris, France     

Invited Researcher at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCEM), at The University of Ottawa(May 2008-August 2008), Ottawa, Canada

Research Assistant at The Claremont Institute (September 2006-November 2007), in Claremont, USA

Grants and Fellowships

October 2018

Book Subvention, College of Liberal Arts, RIT

January 2018

Research Support, Institute for Humane Studies

May 2016

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Scholarship, RIT

March 2016

Salvatori Workshop on Montesquieu and Religion in The Spirit of the Laws, Claremont McKenna College

March 2016

Miller Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, RIT

December 2015

Faculty Research Fund, College of Liberal Arts, RIT

November 2015

Hayek Travel Award, IHS

November 2015

Artinian Travel Award, Southern Political Science Association

March 2014

COLA Senior/Junior Research Grant, RIT

January 2014

Seed Funding from the Grant Writer’s Bootcamp, RIT

June 2010

Jack Miller Center Summer Institute

April 2008     

Earhart Fellowship

August 2008     

Salvatori Center Graduate Student Grant

April 2006       

Canada Study Grant for Females Pursuing Doctoral Studies

August 2005    

Ontario Student Opportunity Grant