Sarah Shair-Rosenfield received her master's (2009) and doctorate (2012) in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her bachelor's in economics and government from Cornell University (2003). Her current research focuses on the politics of electoral reform, the causes and consequences of federalism and decentralization, and the effects of political institutions on female political representation. Her research and teaching interests broadly include comparative political institutions, democratization, political parties and electoral systems, federalism and decentralization, and gender and politics. She teaches courses on comparative politics, democratization and the politics of Asia at ASU.
Shair-Rosenfield conducted eighteen months of in-depth fieldwork in Indonesia and has served as a parties and elections consultant with the National Democratic Institute in Jakarta. She is a co-author of the "Regional Authority Index"(RAI), an index of subnational authority in 80 countries from 1950-2010. Her work has been published in the Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Electoral Studies, and Political Research Quarterly.