Sariah Harmer worked as a Communications Associate in fall 2023. She helped to increase the visibility of AidData's research by contributing to AidData's social media accounts and writing and editing for The First Tranche blog. Previously, she worked as a Junior Program Manager on a variety of projects for the Policy Analysis Unit from 2022-2023. She researched the role of social media in the public diplomacy efforts of the United States, Russia, and China and helped manage the Listening to Leaders survey team. She also contributed to reports on European & Eurasian civic space in seventeen countries and seven occupied or autonomous territories, as well as researching development issues in preparation for the second Gates Forum.
B.A., International Relations, College of William & Mary
Prior to becoming a Junior Program Manager and then Communications Associate, Sariah worked with AidData as a Research Assistant tracking domestic restrictions of and foreign influence on civic space in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She served as an administrative intern for the Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) and collected data on Chinese development finance in the East Asia and Pacific region as a student researcher. Her research interests include civil society and peace-building, with a particular interest in narratives around violence and contested governance.