She is an Interdisciplinary Studies major, an URA Scholar and a Linehan Scholar. Her future pursuits would include working alongside anthropologists as they complete research and photograph their work to be included in ethnographies, articles, and other publications as a means of providing a more concrete way for the reader to connect to the material they are reading about. She also thinks that photography coupled with anthropology -or any form of research- can also benefit the public because photographs can often speak to a wider demographic range than can scientific writing.
Her research will assist in documenting the ecological disaster that occurred on November 5th, 2015 in Mariana, Brazil. She photographed the effects of this disaster on the communities of the Rio Doce Valley (in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais). She is currently editing the photos as well as transcribing and translating interviews with her partner Andrés Camacho '15. She is also collaborating with Dr. Bryan McCann, a Professor at Georgetown University who is gathering an international group of scholars to study the historical background of the area and the disaster’s current environmental and social repercussions on the Rio Doce valley. This November, both Sarah and Andrés will be presenting their work at a conference (Dr.McCann & others) are organizing at Georgetown titled "Brazil’s Rio Doce Disaster: the History and Consequences of a Man-made Environmental Disaster".
Read more about her research project here...