Sara Svenson graduated from the CEU Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations in 2013. Her dissertation project, supervised by Andrew Cartwright, investigated the formation of social capital and its impact on policy in European cross-border regions. At CEU she has taught at the Roma Access Program, and she has also taught courses and supervised BA theses at four Swedish universities: Orebro University, Karlstad University, Halmstad University, and University West.
Before enrolling in the PhD program, she worked as Research Project Officer at the CEU Center for Policy Studies. She holds an MA in political science from CEU (1999) and a BA in journalism from Stockholm University (1997). She occasionally contributes to broadcast and print media in Sweden, and has worked at different locations as a news journalist for the public service broadcasting company Sveriges Radio.