Sarah Bütikofer is a political scientist and science communicator with a focus on Swiss politics and parliamentary research. She is editor of the DeFacto online platform of Swiss political and social sciences at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich.
Sarah Bütikofer teaches courses on Swiss politics and science communication and journalism for social scientists in various institutions, conducts research projects and appears in various functions for the communication of research results from political science, be it as an author, an expert in the media or as a moderator for events.
She studied Political Science at the University of Zurich and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Zurich in 2011, with a study about the Swiss Federal Assembly. Additionally, she completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Scientific Journalism from the Swiss School of Journalism (maz) in Lucerne in 2013.
She was involved in several research projects that focus on Swiss politics, legislative behaviour, professionalization and political careers of MPs as well on youth and gender issues. She has a special interest in scientific journalism and communication and writes on a regular basis about political science findings for several Swiss newspapers and blogs.