Sarah Hunter

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Sarah Hunter is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.  Her fields of study are International Relations and Political Methodology.


B.S., Emory University 2010, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and History
M.A., University of Georgia 2012, Political Science and International Affairs


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A Georgia native, Sarah Hunter completed her bachelor’s degree at Emory University in Atlanta in 2010.  Sarah first became interested in the study of politics there as a history major, concentrating in European history.  Upon graduating, Sarah began her Master’s degree in International Affairs at the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, which she completed in 2012.  After two years of working, Sarah returned to the University of Georgia in 2014 to begin her Ph.D. in Political Science. There she discovered an interest in political methodology and the role of international nongovernmental organizations and foreign aid in international relations, especially in humanitarian relief efforts.

Of Note
  • 2015 UGA Graduate School Conference Travel Grant
  • 2017 Department of International Affairs Travel Grant
Research Interests

My research interests started with an interest in the study of humanitarian interventions.  I was mostly interested in who intervenes where, and how that intervention occurs.  My focus has since shifted slightly to the impact of international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) on the international humanitarian agenda.  INGOs can provide goods, services, expertise and advocacy.  My research seeks to understand how the activities of INGOs can influence the policies of states or other international organizations toward other actors.  I am also interested in the choices of the INGOs themselves: why they choose the causes they do, and how they decided to act.  My research draws on the subjects of human security, human rights, international organizations, international nongovernmental organizations, and foreign aid.