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Vanessa Bouché
Vanessa Bouché (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) teaches introductory courses in American politics, as well as advanced courses in identity politics, political psychology, research methods, and public policy, with a specific focus on human trafficking and women’s issues. She published an article on the policy diffusion of foster care policies in the Journal of Politics, and has forthcoming articles on the limits of gendered leadership on gendered issues and the determinants of comprehensive of human trafficking legislation. Her dissertation, entitled Identity and the Mechanisms of Political Engagement, develops and tests a theory of the ways in which non-political salient identities impact level and type of political engagement.

Professor Bouché serves as Director of Policy for the National Research Consortium on Commercial Sexual Exploitation ( She also provides expert and methodological consultation to a number of anti-trafficking organizations. Prior to joining TCU, she served on the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission, and as a member of the Central Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition and the Partnership Against Human Trafficking (PATH). She was a contributing researcher and author of the Greater Cincinnati Human Trafficking Report, and has lobbied at the state and federal levels for human trafficking legislation.

Prior to academia, Professor Bouché worked as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, as a legislative aide for a Texas state representative, and spent a summer at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala writing portions of the Human Rights Report and the Trafficking in Persons Report for Congress. She received a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. from Columbia University.

Curriculum Vita

Spring 2014 Courses
20123:615 Issues in American Politics (Honors)
31003:035 Topics in American Politcs-Identity Politics