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Sarah Birch, FRSE, FBA (born 5 December 1963) is an American political scientist and academic, specialising in comparative politics. Since 2016, she has been Professor of Political Science at King's College London. She had taught at the University of Essex between 1996 and 2013, and held the Chair of Comparative Politics at the University of Glasgow between 2013 and 2016.[1][2][3]

Early life and education

Birch was born on 5 December 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.[1] She was educated at Dartmouth College, and, having majored in comparative literature, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1985.[4] She then moved to the United Kingdom to study at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford.[1] She graduated with a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in European literature in 1988, and completed a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1992.[1][4] Her doctoral thesis was titled "Christine Brooke-Rose and post-war writing in France".[5]

Having earned three degrees in literature, Birch turned to politics. She studied political behaviour at the University of Essex, graduating with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in 1994.[4] She remained at Essex to gain a further Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, which she completed in 1998.[1] Her doctoral thesis was tiled "The social determinants of electoral behaviour in Ukraine, 1989-1994".[6]

Academic career

In 1996, while still studying for her second doctorate, Birch was appointed a lecturer at the University of Essex.[1] She was promoted to Reader in 2003, and appointed Professor of Politics in 2012.[1][3] From 2002 to 2011, she served as a co-editor of the British Journal of Political Science.[7] In July 2013, she joined the University of Glasgow where she had been appointed to the Chair of Comparative Politics.[2][7][8] In 2016, she joined King's College London as Professor of Political Science and Director of Research of its Department of Political Economy.[2][9]


In 2013, Birch was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[2] In 2016, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), Scotland's national academy of science and letters.[3]

Selected works

  • Birch, Sarah (2011). Electoral malpractice. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199606160.
  • Allen, Nicholas; Birch, Sarah (2015). Ethics and Integrity in British Politics: How Citizens Judge their Politicians' Conduct and Why It Matters. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107050501.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g 'BIRCH, Prof. Sarah', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 24 Sept 2017
  2. ^ a b c d "Professor Sarah Birch". The British Academy. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Professor Sarah Birch FBA FRSE". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "CURRICULUM VITAE for Sarah Birch" (PDF). European Parliament. October 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  5. ^ Birch, Sarah (1991). "Christine Brooke-Rose and post-war writing in France". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  6. ^ Birch, Sarah (1998). "The social determinants of electoral behaviour in Ukraine, 1989-1994". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b "New staff member: Sarah Birch". School of Social & Political Sciences. University of Glasgow. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Professor Sarah Birch". The University of Glasgow Story. University of Glasgow. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Sarah Birch". Department of Political Economy. King's College London. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
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