Sarah Brown has long been interested in the politics and histories of North-South encounters in the Americas. Her doctoral research examines the political implications of international adoption in Guatemala and North America. The aims of Sarah’s research are: to examine how inequalities and ongoing imperial legacies structure the practice of adopting children from Guatemala; to document the lived implications of international adoption for birth parents, adoptive parents, and children; and to suggest how recent organizing efforts on different sides of adoption debates seek to (re)structure the intimate politics North-South relations. She borrows much of her theoretical insight from feminist geography, with an interest in the racialized and gendered dimensions of biopolitics.
Sarah is a PhD student in the department of Geography, where she graduated with an MA in 2009. Her BA is in Latin American Studies with a minor in International Relations, also from UBC.