Sarah Bellows-Blakely is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Graduate School for Global Intellectual History at the Freie Universität Berlin. From September of 2017 to June of 2018, she was a Volkswagen Foundation postdoctoral fellow at re:work and the Institute for Asian and African Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Sarah holds a B.A. with Honors in History from Stanford University and an M.A. and PhD in African History from Washington University in St. Louis. She has completed graduate-level coursework at Oxford University as an exchange student and worked as a research assistant for two years on the project, Networks of Corporate Power, at Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering.
Fighting Poverty with Girl Power? Global Advocacy for Girls’ Rights from Nairobi, 1945 - Present
Sarah is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the growth of the global girls’ rights movement through a transnational network of actors centered in Nairobi and radiating out to places from New York City to Beijing. This manuscript is based on two years of full-time oral and archival research, mostly in Nairobi but also in Paris, Washington D.C., and New York City. Sarah’s research was conducted in a mixture of Swahili, French, and English. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship through the U.S. Department of Education, the Social Science Research Council, the P.E.O. International Philanthropy, and the Spencer T. Olin Fellowship. Sarah has forthcoming publications with Gender & History and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African Women's History. She has taught courses on histories of international development, the global Cold War, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Her broad research interests include girlhood, transnational feminisms, capitalism, human rights, and Nairobi as a colonial and postcolonial city.