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Lauren Prather

Lauren Prather is an assistant professor of international relations at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. Her research focuses on domestic determinants of foreign policy, US foreign policy, transnationalism and international migration, democracy promotion and democratization, Middle East politics, and experimental methods. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, the Europe Center and the Laboratory for the Study of American Values at Stanford University.

Prather's work has appeared or will appear in the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Election Law Journal. She also has written in The Monkey Cage and An Africanist Perspective and been featured by the Center for Global Development, Chris Blattman's blog, ThinkProgress, and the World Bank Development Impact blog.

  • Comparative politics
  • Experimental methods
  • International relations
  • Middle East politics
  • US foreign policy

Bush, Sarah S.,  Aaron Erlich, Lauren Prather, and Yael Zeira. 2016. "The Effects of Authoritarian Iconography: An Experimental Test." Comparative Political Studies 49 (13): 1704–38. 

Bush, Sarah S., and Lauren Prather2018. "Who’s There? Election Observer Identity and the Local Credibility of Elections." International Organization 72 (3): 659–92

Bush, Sarah S., and Lauren Prather. 2017. The Promise and Limits of Election Observers in Building Election Credibility. Journal of Politics 79 (3): 921–35. 

Prather, Lauren, Sarah S. Bush, Aaron Erlich, and Yael Zeira. 2018. "Lessons from Results-Blind Review." The Political Economist (APSA Political Economy Newsletter) 14 (1): 10–13.

Prather, Lauren, and Erik S. Herron. 2007. "Enfranchising Displaced Voters: Lessons from Bosnia-Herzegovina." Election Law Journal 6 (4): 354–71.