Sarah T. Romano is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Northern Colorado. Sarah received her PhD in Politics and Latin American & Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Her research centers upon questions of access to resources, water in particular, and the politics of participation surrounding resource governance. She completed her dissertation, “From Resource Management to Political Activism: Civil Society Participation in Nicaragua’s Rural Water Governance,” in December, 2012.
Please click here for Sarah’s Curriculum Vitae.
Academic & Professional Background
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sarah studied Spanish and International Affairs at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
After receiving her B.A. with honors in 2003, Sarah relocated to Washington, D.C., for an internship with the Cuba Project at the Center for International Policy. Subsequently, she worked as a Program Associate with the Institute of Cultural Affairs (Washington, D.C.), developing and implementing participatory curriculum designed to promote youth-adult partnerships within nongovernmental organizations based in D.C., New York, Atlanta, and Phoenix.
During the winter of 2004-05, Sarah lived in Managua, Nicaragua, carrying out an independent investigation into a developing process of water privatization. Originally written for Public Citizen, her brief report on the social movement that ensued in response to impending commercialization of the water sector is now hosted by Food & Water Watch, a D.C.-based research and advocacy organization (link here).
After returning from Nicaragua, Sarah worked at a social science research organization, OMNI Institute, in Denver, Colorado, as a research assistant for projects in the areas of criminal justice, youth development, and public health.
She began her doctoral studies at UC Santa Cruz in the fall of 2006, and will begin her position at the University of Northern Colorado in August of 2013.
When she’s not conducting field research, teaching undergraduates, or sitting at her desk writing, Sarah can be found hiking with her dog, scaling walls at the climbing gym, or enjoying live music at local venues.