Assistant Professor of History
Sarah Osten, Assistant Professor of History, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2010, where she also earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies in 2004. Her B.A. is from Brown University. Prior to coming to UVM she was a visiting assistant professor of history at Northwestern University, where she was also a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in 2010-2.
Osten's research focuses on modern Mexican political history. She is currently writing a book entitled The Revolution's Wake: The Making of the Modern Mexican Political System, 1920-1929. It examines a cluster of groundbreaking political experiments conducted in the Southeast of Mexico in the 1920s, and shows that the Socialist parties of the region re-conceptualized the relationship between Mexican citizens and the state, and pioneered a new style of party-driven mass politics that served as a crucial precedent for the rise of the modern Mexican political system. She has also published research on post-revolutionary Mexican politics, women's suffrage, and the history of the Mexican Southeast. Her current and planned future research explores the ramifications of political violence in twentieth century Mexico. In Latin America, more generally, she is particularly interested in campaigns and elections, political violence and peace processes, the formulation of citizenship and rights, and the relationships between governments and opposition movements.
In her spare time, Osten enjoys running, mystery novels, and NBA basketball. Now that she is moving to Vermont, she also looks forward to hiking and learning to downhill ski.