Mike Tierney is the George and Mary Hylton Professor of Government and International Relations at the College of William & Mary, and co-directs the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. His interests include international organizations, international relations theory, political economy of development and institutions, and foreign aid.
Sarah is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. Prior to starting at Temple, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University in November 2011. Her research examines how international actors try to aid democracy, promote women’s representation, and support elections in developing countries. She is the author of a recent book on this topic, The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators (Cambridge University Press). Her main ongoing projects explore the effects of election observers on election credibility and the changing role of international NGOs in world politics. Her work has appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Journal of Politics, and Perspectives on Politics.