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Professor Sarah Birch

Professor of Political Science

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Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG



Phone: +44 (0)20 7848 0447

Room number: 7.12 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office Hours:

Tuesdays: 3-4pm
Wednesdays: 12-1pm


Sarah Birch joined the Department of Political Economy in 2016 as Professor of Political Science, as well as Director of Research. She studies comparative politics and public ethics. Sarah previously held Chairs at the University of Essex and University of Glasgow. She is a fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Public Policy Research.


  • Research Methods in Politics 


Sarah's research is mainly focused on the empirical study of political ethics, including electoral integrity, ethical reasoning in politics, and corruption perceptions. She also conducts research on popular perceptions of, and reactions to, environmental problems.

Current projects Explaining and Mitigating Electoral Violence.

Select publications

(2015) Nicholas Allen and Sarah Birch, Ethics and Integrity in British Politics: How Citizens Judge Their Politicians’ Conduct and Why It Matters, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(2015) Sarah Birch and Nicholas Allen, ‘Judging Politicians: The Role of Political Sophistication in Shaping How People Evaluate the Ethical Behavior of their Political Leaders’, European Journal of Political Research 54.1, 43-60.

(2012) Nicholas Allen and Sarah Birch, ‘On Either Side of a Moat? Elite and Mass Attitudes towards Right and Wrong’, European Journal of Political Research, 51: 89–116.

(2011) Sarah Birch, Electoral Malpractice, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(2010) Sarah Birch, ‘Perceptions of Electoral Fairness and Voter Turnout’, Comparative Political Studies, 43.12, pp. 1601-1622.

(2008) Sarah Birch, ‘Electoral Institutions and Popular Confidence in Electoral Processes: A Cross-National Analysis’, Electoral Studies 27.2, pp. 305-20.

(2007) Sarah Birch, ‘Electoral Systems and Electoral Misconduct’, Comparative Political Studies, 40.12, pp. 1533-56.

(2005) Sarah Birch, 'Single-Member District Electoral Systems and Democratic Transition', Electoral Studies 24.2, pp. 281-301.

(2003) Sarah Birch, ‘Two-Round Electoral Systems and Democracy’, Comparative Political Studies 36.3, pp. 319-44.

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