Teaching & Research


Leading a Firstyear Transition course in Bagan, Myanmar on Heritage, Tourism, and Historic Preservation

Class at Golden Gate

Teaching an Experiential Learning Trip from Singapore to San Francisco on Urban Neighborhoods and Community Development


Left: Leading an experiential learning trip from Singapore to San Francisco on Urban Planning, Neighborhood, and Community Development. Right: Leading a Firstyear Transition Course in Bagan, Myanmar on Tourism, Heritage, and Architectural Preservation in South East Asia.

Channel News Asia, US Gun Politics, 3 October 2017: appeared to discuss lobbying and US gun politics, the NRA, and why the Las Vegas shooting is unlikely to change much in Washington.

Watch/ Listen to Media Appearances on US Presidential Politics:

Listen to me discuss internet politics on National Public Radio, WMRA: “The Internet: World Impact Different Than Expected?






Dr. Sanger  has won several teaching-related honours, including UVa All-University Graduate Teaching Award, the Allison J. Meloy Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for Politics, and nomination to the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award.

  • All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, University of Virginia (2010)

  • Politics Department Teaching Assistant Award, University of Virginia (2009)


  • Introduction to International Relations Theory: survey of core paradigms, issue-areas (e.g. security studies and international political economy), models, analytical tools, and concepts.

  • Introduction to World Politics: survey of key issues and policy-debates in world politics and foreign policy.

  • Causal Analysis and Democratic Peace: survey of methodological underpinnings of social science research through the lens of democratic peace theory.

  • Understanding the Uses (and Abuses?) of Military Force: causes of war/ peace; deterrence theory; conventional and unconventional weapons/ strategies; alternatives to the use of force.

  • The Causes of War and Peace: alternative theoretical explanations and historical case studies.

  • Politics and the Internet: the Internet’s effect on domestic and international politics and structures; how the Internet promotes democratization, peace, and war; issues of Internet regulation and control.

  • International Norms, Regimes, Law, and Institutions: alternative theoretical conceptualizations and explanations with historical case studies and/or applied policy assignment.

  • The Sources and Consequences of American Foreign Policy: individual, domestic, and systemic sources; domestic and international consequences; regional comparisons of US foreign policy, and historical case studies from pre-WWI, inter-war period, early Cold War, end of Cold War, post-9/11.

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics: survey of core paradigms, debates, issue-areas, analytical tools, and concepts.

  • Qualitative Methods: introduction to qualitative methods of causal inference: paired comparisons, process-tracing, typological theorizing, and mixed-methods research designs.

  • Pedagogy for College Professors and Teaching Assistants: introduction to research on how college-age students learn, best practices for meaningful learning experiences, syllabus-design, assignment-design, and assessment techniques. Reviews techniques for small seminars and large lecture classes.



  • Course Design Institute, University of Virginia (Summer 2012) Intensive, weeklong training seminar bringing together professors from across the country. Under expert supervision explored diverse elements of course design and pedagogical principles and worked in small groups to develop more meaningful, learner-centered courses.

  • Tomorrow’s Professors Today, University of Virginia (2011-2013) Pedagogy development program for select graduate students consisting of interdisciplinary seminars and workshops covering diverse topics such as syllabus design, in-classroom instruction techniques, and novel approaches to teaching lecture courses.



  • Bringing IR Scholarship to New Frontiers: How Great Powers Establish Jurisdiction Over Newly Exploitable Domains. Presented at the ISSS-ISAC Conference, George Washington University, Washington DC (October 2013).

  • On the Origin of Commons: How Great Powers Forge Property Rights in New International Frontiers. Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Convention, Chicago (August 2013) and International Studies Association, Annual Convention, San Francisco (April 2013).

  • War, Peace, and the World Wide Web: How Is the Internet Influencing the Pathways to Inter-State War? International Studies Association, Annual Convention, San Francisco (April 2013) and the ISSS/ISAC Annual Conference, Hosted by the Triangle Institute of Security Studies, Chapel Hill, NC (October 2012).



  • Committee: Jeffrey Legro (Chair), Dale Copeland, Todd Sechser, John Setear (Law)

  • Title: On the Origin of Commons: Great Power Politics and the Creation of Property Rights in International Frontiers

  • Abstract: The project investigates why great powers pursue exclusive, national ownership in some international frontiers but maintain open access and common ownership in others. I juxtapose three explanatory perspectives, which emphasize states’ perceptions of technology and physical nature of the frontier, relative power, and the domestic identities/ institutions of frontier actors. To assess the explanatory power of these different perspectives I conduct a series of historical case studies, e.g. of Spanish, Portuguese, British, and Dutch high seas policy from the 16th and 17th centuries; French, German, and British policy in air space in the late 19th and early 20th century; and American and Soviet ownership policy in outer space in the 1950s and 1960s.


RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPSBankard Fund for Political Economy Fellowship (2012-2013) w Albert Gallatin Graduate Research Fellowship (2011-2012) w University of Virginia President’s Fellowship (2006-2010) w Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship (Summer 2008, Winter 2010, Spring 2013)

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