Sara Mitchell

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Sara Mitchell
F. Wendell Miller Professor
309 SH
Drop-in hours:
by appointment
Phone number:
(319) 335-2356
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Research Areas

International Relations
Political Methodology


Sara McLaughlin Mitchell is the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Political Science and the College of Law (courtesy appointment) at the University of Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Michigan State University in 1997 and her B.S degree in Economics and Political Science at Iowa State University in 1991. She is author of six books including Domestic Law Goes Global: Legal Traditions and International Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and What Do We Know About War? (Rowman Littlefield 2021) and she has published more than sixty journal articles and book chapters. She is the recipient of several major research awards from the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development. Her areas of expertise include international conflict, political methodology, and gender issues in academia. Professor Mitchell is co-founder of the Journeys in World Politics workshop, a mentoring workshop for junior women studying international relations. She is the recipient of several research, teaching, and graduate mentoring awards from the University of Iowa, the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award (2015) from the International Studies Association, a distinguished alumni award from Iowa State University, and she served as President of the Peace Science Society.


PhD Michigan State University, 1997