Sarah B. Bouchat

PhD Candidate, Political Science
MA, Agricultural & Applied Economics
University of Wisconsin–Madison




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I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

My research interests are in political methodology, comparative political economy, and authoritarian politics with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. My current work focuses on elicited priors, as well as machine learning and Bayesian statistical applications for the study of low information, authoritarian regimes like Myanmar.

Before joining the department, I worked as a Research Associate at the National Endowment for Democracy's International Forum for Democratic Studies. I hold a Bachelor's degree (2008) in International Studies from the University of Chicago, a Master in Public Policy (2011) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Master in Agricultural and Applied Economics (2016) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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