University of Notre Dame
Hesburgh Center/Kellogg Institute Hesburgh Center/Kellogg Institute Hesburgh Center/Kellogg Institute Hesburgh Center/Kellogg Institute Hesburgh Center/Kellogg Institute Hesburgh Center/Kellogg Institute

Sarah DalySarah Zukerman Daly

Assistant Professor of Political Science
(PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

414 Decio Hall

Geographic focus: Latin America

Thematic interests: Civil wars and peace-building, international security, and ethnic politics

Current research: Book project on coercion and politics: citizen support for political actors with violent pasts

Selected publications:


Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • “Retrospective Causal Inference with Machine Learning Ensembles: An Application to Anti-Recidivism Policies in Colombia" (with Laura Paler and Cyrus Samii), Political Analysis 24, 4 (2016)

  • “The Dark Side of Power-Sharing: Middle Managers and Civil War Recurrence,” Comparative Politics 46, 3 (April 2014)

  • “State Strategies in Multiethnic Territories: Explaining Variation in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc,” British Journal of Political Science (2013)

  • “Organizational Legacies of Violence: Conditions Favoring Insurgency in Colombia, 1964–1984,” Journal of Peace Research 49, 3 (2012)—Runner-up for the Nils Petter Gleditsch JPR Article of the Year Award, 2012

  • “The Roots of Coercion and Insurgency: Exploiting the Counterfactual Case,” Conflict, Security & Development 11, 2 (2011)

Chapters in edited volumes:

  • “Reintegration of Ex-Combatants,” in Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, eds. Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelsky (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

  • “Anger, Violence, and Political Science” (with Roger Petersen), in International Handbook of Anger: Constituent and Concomitant Biological, Psychological, and Social Processes, eds. M. Potegal, G. Stemmler, and C. Spielberger (Springer, 2010)

  • “Revenge or Reconciliation: Theory and Method of Emotions in the Context of Colombia’s Peace Process” (with Roger Petersen), in the Forum for International Justice and Conflict: Law in Peace Negotiations, eds. M. Bergsmo and P. Kalmanovitz (Oslo: PRIO, 2009). Republished in Spanish (Colombian Vice Presidency and Universidad del Rosario Press, forthcoming).

Honors and awards

  • Peace and Security Early Career Scholar Award, Minerva-US Institute of Peace (2017)




Ford Program

Varieties of Democracy

Latin American/North America Church Concerns

Notre Dame Award

Kellogg Faculty Fellows

Visiting Fellows Program

Faculty Research

Working Groups

Undergraduate Student Programs

Graduate Student Programs

International Development Studies Minor

Latin American Studies Minor

Institute Publications

Working Papers

K-12 Resources

Traveling Trunks

Contact Us



The Kellogg Institute promotes scholarship, learning, and linkages that address issues of critical importance to our world. At the center of our interdisciplinary community’s work are two key themes: democratization and human development. 

Research Projects Outreach Faculty Students About