Sarah Beila Chankin-Gould

Ph.D. Candidate


Sarah Chankin-Gould is a Ph.D. candidate at The Fletcher School, where she received her M.A. in Law and Diplomacy in 2008. As a Ph.D. candidate, Sarah’s dissertation research involves examining case studies of UNDP small arms control assistance programs in the former Yugoslavia (specifically Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo). She has traveled to the region in order to conduct interviews pertaining to this research. Sarah received her B.A. with a double major in Diplomacy and World Affairs, and Spanish from Occidental College, where she graduated Summa cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2003. While at Occidental she spent a semester studying at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City as an NSEP Boren Scholar, as well as a semester interning at the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs in New York. After graduating from Occidental, Sarah moved to Washington, D.C. where she continued to combine her love of international relations research with practical experience in her work at the Federation of American Scientists as a Scoville Fellow, and later at the Center for Defense Information as a research assistant. Since beginning her studies at The Fletcher School, Sarah has also completed a summer internship at the Government Accountability Office on their International Affairs and Trade team. The skills she learned from these experiences are helping her to conduct analytically strong policy-relevant research today.

Fields of Study
  • International Security Studies
  • Public International Law

PhD Dissertation (working title)
  • "Targeting Armed Violence: Implications of Localized Efforts to Reduce and Mitigate Small Arms Proliferation and Misuse"