On November 12, Villanova welcomed Sarah Bauerle ’2005 CLAS back to campus for a research presentation entitled, “Cronies, Capitalists, and Control: How Banking Sector Reforms Influence Domestic Firms' Lobbying Strategies over Foreign Investment Policy.”
Bauerle is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She recently completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a specialization in international relations and international political economy.
She has a particular interest in how financial globalization affects both system stability and distributive struggles between international and domestic societal groups. These interests lead in two distinct directions. The first, which relates to her dissertation project, concerns politics surrounding foreign direct investment. That research examines the domestic politics that undergird FDI policy, as well as how the relative power of global firms versus local interests vary across sector and firm organizational structure. Her second research agenda concerns international banking and financial flows. Using network theory and methods, she and co-authors explore how our complex financial system generates patterns of capital bonanzas and crises and how policymakers can best manage the risks associated with financial integration. Sarah was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and completed her Honors BA at Villanova. Before returning to graduate school she worked as a technical analyst for what was then Citigroup Smith Barney.