Bio

Sarah Balakrishnan is a doctoral candidate in African History at Harvard University. Her dissertation traces the development of a "colonial public" in the Gold Coast from the beginning of European rule in the early 19th century to the onset of anticolonialism in the 1940s. Her project concerns the emergence of the colonial "masses" in relation to land and space—how changing land tenure patterns, property ownership, and the physical location of social bodies (such as ancestors) inculcated new visions of political community. 

Previously, Sarah obtained her B.A. in History and Political Theory at McGill University in 2014, her M.A. in History at Harvard University in 2016, and a Certificate in Anthropology from Harvard University in 2017. From 2018-2019, she is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her research is also supported by fellowships from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Frederick Sheldon Travelling Fellowship at Harvard's Gradual School of Arts and Science (GSAS), and the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs (WCIA). 

Her latest journal articles have appeared in History Compass, Transition, and The Routledge International Handbook for Cosmopolitanism Studies. In her spare time, Sarah also does creative writing and is a former international debating champion.

Sarah can be reached via email at sbalakrishnan@g.harvard.edu. Her Twitter handle is @SMCBalakrishnan, and her blog is sarahbalakrishnan.tumblr.com.