Sarah Anderson, Ph.D.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Country: United States (California)

About Me:

Sarah Anderson is an Associate Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara who studies how the public and politics influences policy. She has three main research agendas: 1) the role of political parties in influencing policy outcomes; 2) the effect of bureaucratic delegation on policy implementation; and 3) the mobilization of the public for environmental action. Her current research focuses on how the public drives agencies’ wildfire prevention and why legislators reject compromise. 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. In addition to a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, she holds an M.S. in Economics from Stanford University and a B.S. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Research Interests

Environmental Policy

Legislative Politics

Political Parties and Interest Groups


Energy And Climate Policy

Public Administration

Public Policy

Countries of Interest

United States