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Hello! I’m Sarah King

Welcome and thanks for visiting my site! I invite you to take a moment to look around and learn more about my background, experience, and skills. I am currently a PhD student in Quantitative and Computational Social Science at the University College Dublin as well as a member of the Connected_Politics research lab. My PhD research focuses on comparative higher education policy with an emphasis on quantitative text analysis methods. 

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Professional Experience

Background & Expertise

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Graduate Tutorial Instructor - University College Dublin

September 2022-

As an Iseult Honohan Doctoral Scholar, I had the opportunity to provide mentored tutorial teaching and teaching assistance for INRL 10010 Foundations  of Political Theory and International Relations during my first term at UCD. During my second term, I will provide tutorial sessions and teaching assistance for PS20050 Research Methods in Social Science. I will provide tutorial teaching for other modules as well in the coming terms.

Graduate Research Assistant - The Connected_Politics Lab

September 2022-

As a member of the Connected_Politics Lab at the University College Dublin, I have assisted faculty with research, edited manuscripts for publication, worked with faculty and other lab members on projects requiring data production and preparation, and attended workshops focusing computational methods to study politics and society.

Graduate Research Assistant - Institute for Advanced Analytics and Security

June 2021-May 2022

While assisting with research for the Institute of Advanced Analytics and Security (IAAS) at USM, I prepared literature reviews, participated in learning new statistical machine learning methods and reviewed documents for publishing.

Graduate Teaching Assistant - University of Southern Mississippi

August 2020-May 2022

As A Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Political Science Department at USM, I assisted professors with instruction, grading, and communications with students. I also designed and implemented my own introductory political science curriculum in two courses.

Student Teacher - N.R. Burger Middle School

January 2020-May 2020

To fulfill requirements needed to earn my teaching license, I completed my student teaching experience at N.R. Burger Middle School teaching 7th grade Early World History. I designed multiple units with formative and summative assessments to track student progress effectively. I also implemented several differentiation strategies to assist different types of learners.


My Studies

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September 2022-

PhD - University College Dublin

I started my PhD in Quantitative and Computational Social Science at the University College Dublin in September 2022 as an Iseult Honohan Doctoral Scholar. My research focuses on applying quantitative text analysis methods to analyze political rhetoric concerning higher education policy reform.

August 2020-May 2022

MA - University of Southern Mississippi

During my coursework in the Political Science MA program at USM, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA while working as both a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a Graduate Research Assistant. I also presented my research at the 2021 Midwest Political Science Association Conference and the 2021 Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium.

August 2016-May 2020

BA - University of Southern Mississippi

I graduated with honors from USM with my Bachelor's in History. I also earned my teaching license in Social Studies for grades 7-12. In addition to my History major, I double minored in Political Science and Spanish, which I am also licensed to teach for grades K-12.

My Skill Set

Through my educational and professional experiences, I’ve had the opportunity to build a strong, diverse skill set that has proven to be an asset in many different situations. Read below to learn more.


Natural Language Processing (Tidyverse, SentimentR, Quanteda), Time Series Analysis, Machine Learning, ANOVA, Multiple Regression.


Numerical Computing, Statistics, and Machine Learning, Data Visualization, Textual data, Geographical Data.


Created professional documents, prepared academic manuscripts for journal submission, worked with Rmarkdown

Curriculum Design

One aspect of teaching that often goes unnoticed is the fundamental skill of curriculum design. I have had experience designing curriculum ranging from a 7th grade level to a college level. Engaging students with current world events is a key learning strategy I implement in any course curriculum.


I am licensed to teach Spanish for grades K-12 after earning 21 hours in college level courses during my Bachelor's coursework. I also studied Spanish grammar and conversational Spanish in Cádiz, Spain during the summer of 2019.

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About Me

From a young age, I’ve always had a sense of motivation and passion driving me forward. Whether it’s exploring unique opportunities, learning additional skills, or meeting new people, I bring these values to every experience throughout my life on a personal and professional level. One thing I feel separates me from others is my unquenchable thirst for knowledge. To learn more about me, keep exploring my site or reach out directly.

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Let’s Connect

I’d love to hear from you.

John Henry Newman Building, University College Dublin, Stillorgan Rd, Belfield, Dublin 4

+353 (87) 421 8850

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