Sarah Earnshaw

Fellow in the History of Forced Migration
Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington
Institute of European Studies
249 Moses Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
(510) 643-4558

Biographical Summary

Sarah Earnshaw is a Berkeley-based fellow in the history of forced migration, a tandem-fellowship awarded by GHI PRO and the Zolberg Institute on Mobility and Migration at the New School in New York. Her Zolberg counterpart is Samantha Fox. Sarah is also a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley. She completed both her under- and post-graduate studies at the University of Glasgow: a joint honours MA in History and English Literature as well as an MLitt in War Studies. Moving to Germany to pursue her doctoral degree in the "American History, History of the Americas" program at the America-Institut, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Sarah successfully defended her PhD in May 2019 and was awarded a 'summa cum laude. Her dissertation was focused on U.S. human rights foreign policy, and specifically how postcolonial sovereignties are problematized and pacified according to colonial and racialised standards of the human-rights-respecting, ‘developed’, (neo)liberal-democratic state. Her doctoral research was supported by a scholarship from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The postdoctoral project she is currently developing at the GHI retains a focus upon US foreign relations and questions of empire while embracing an environmental humanities perspective, as she will research (environmental) migration from the ‘Greater Caribbean’ to the US in the wake of natural disasters.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Critical security studies/peace and conflict studies
  • Postcolonial theory and anticolonial thought
  • History of international relations
  • Intersections of pacification, policing, conflict, and security
  • History of migration
  • Environmental humanities