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Vanessa Bouché

Assistant Professor
Political Science
Scharbauer Hall 2012B | 817-257-4218

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Ph.D., Political Science, The Ohio State University (2011)
MA, Political Science, The Ohio State University (2007)
M.P.Aff. in International Affairs, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin (2004)
BA, History, Minor in Religion, Columbia University (2001)

Courses Taught

POSC 20123 Introduction to American Politics
POSC 31003 Topics in American Politics - Intelligence Bureaucracy
POSC 31443 Human Trafficking in the U.S.
POSC 39053 Experimental Methods in Political Science

American and Texas Government; Women & Politics; American Identity Politics; American Foreign Policy on
Transnational Human Trafficking (study abroad); Survey Research; Capstone in Political Science

Areas of Focus

American politics; political psychology; identity politics; public opinion; public policy; human trafficking (domestic and transnational)

Dr. Vanessa Bouché is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University. Her research is at the intersection of political psychology and public policy, with a particular focus on identity politics and human trafficking.  

She has been a co-principal investigator on several federally-funded projects from the US Department of Justice and USAID totaling over $800,000.  She has developed datasets of human trafficking prosecutions in the US at both the state and federal levels, and is the principal investigator of, an open-access, searchable database of federal human trafficking cases in the US. She is working with Indian NGO, Shakti Vahini, to replicate this web application in India.  Dr. Bouché has conducted public opinion research on human trafficking in the US, Moldova, and Albania, and has also designed and deployed trauma-informed surveys with survivors of human trafficking in the US and Honduras.

Dr. Bouché has published articles in Journal of Politics, Politics & Gender, Journal of Public Policy, and Women & Criminal Justice, among others.  She teaches a variety of courses, including American Identity Politics, Human Trafficking in the U.S., U.S. Intelligence Bureaucracy, Transnational Human Trafficking (study abroad in India), Experimental Methods in Political Science, and Capstone in Political Science.