Dr. Vanessa Bouché (Ph.D. The Ohio State University) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University. Her teaching portfolio includes introductory level courses in American politics, as well as upper division courses in Women & Politics, The Politics and Policy of Human Trafficking in the United States, American Identity Politics, Survey Research, and Experimental Design. She also co-leads a study abroad that investigates transnational human trafficking in India.
Dr. Bouché is currently the co-PI on three federally-funded grants on human trafficking. The first examines state legislative and prosecutorial effectiveness and American public opinion on human trafficking. The second investigates public opinion on human trafficking in Moldova and Ukraine, and the third project seeks to empirically decipher the role of organized crime in human trafficking. Dr. Bouché’s research has been published in Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Policy, and Politics & Gender.
As a scholar-activist, Dr. Bouché is also engaged in community efforts to combat human trafficking at the local, state, and federal levels. She consults with a number of NGOs and is an invited speaker at various anti-trafficking events and working groups across the United States and the globe.
Prior to academia, Dr. 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. Dr. Bouché received a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. from Columbia University.
Dr. Bouché has been married to her high school sweetheart for 14 years, and is mommy to two daughters. Her alter-ego is a bohemian gypsy. She loves adventure, travel, and travel adventures. She is often found in a 100-degree yoga studio working on her inversions and side-crows. She is unable to sit still or remain silent in the presence of good music. She loves a good laugh, even if it’s at her own expense. She is most passionate about empowering people to live free and uninhibited.
Spring 2017 Courses
20123 Introduction to American Politics
30003 Honors in POSC