Sara Hagedorn, Ph.D.
Sara Hagedorn is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Her research focuses on Congressional policy making, campaigns and elections, and minority politics. Her teaching interests include classes on American government, US Congress, Campaigns and Elections, interest groups, and environmental policy. She also leads a study abroad course in Florence, Italy, which discusses gender and international politics.
A Montana native, she grew up on her parents’ cattle ranch and is a proud enrolled Northern Cheyenne. Before receiving her doctorate at CU-Boulder, Sara worked as a legislative advisor in the United States Senate in Washington, DC for seven years, helping to draft a Farm Bill and the 2005 Energy Bill. During that time, she also worked on a high-profile US Senate race as policy advisor. Sara continues to serve as an advisor to candidates and issue campaigns. Most recently, she served on the statewide executive committee of Amendments Y and Z, which changed the way Colorado will draw legislative districts.
Sara currently lives in Monument with her husband, two children, one old dog, two cats, two horses, and a lot of coffee. When she is not writing, grading papers, or advising students, she likes to garden, cook, ride her horses, go on adventures with her kids, and travel.
- "Thoughts on the 2020 Election” (in Elections in America 2022) | PDF
- The American Congress: A Reference Handbook (2019)
- “Congressional Staffing and Homeland Security Policy-making” (in Homeland Security, 2018)
- “Lack of civility is undermining our political culture” (Colorado Politics, January 16, 2018)
Recent Media and Speaking
- Election brings some surprises though Colorado Democrats win key races. Colorado Public Radio. November 9, 2022
- Screws turn tighter on Democrat Yadira Caraveo in Colorado’s closest U.S. House contest Denver Post, November 5, 2022
- Looking Ahead to the Midterm Elections: Will the national ‘Red Wave’ miss Colorado? What to expect in next week’s midterm elections. Colorado Public Radio, November 3, 2022
- What’s happening as the mid-terms near?” Colorado Public Radio. October 10, 2022.
- Could A Republican Win Colorado’s Senate Seat?” Fivethirtyeight.com, September 19, 2022
- "Assessing the election as the campaigns ramp up” Colorado Public Radio, August 29, 2022
- What the GOP pick for lieutenant governor could mean for down ballot candidates, Colorado Public Radio, July 27, 2022
- Between Redistricting, Changing Demographics And New Political Trends, Doug Lamborn’s Long Tenure In Congress Faces New Challenges, Colorado Public Radio, May 21, 2021
- Colorado Springs Political Science Roundtable 3/17/2021
- Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Matters Election Day Recap
- CPR News, “Joe Biden Is On Track To Win Colorado By The Largest Margin Of A Presidential Candidate In Decades”