sarah-head-shot_croppedSarah T. Romano is an Assistant Professor of Environmental & Sustainability Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Sarah received her PhD in Politics and Latin American & Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Her research draws together  scholarship on environmental governance and social movements to examine strategies that politically marginalized social actors use to gain inclusion in public policy processes.

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, where she earned her B.A. in Spanish and International Affairs.

Prior to starting her academic career, Sarah worked in the non-profit sector in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado.  She interned with the Cuba Project at the Center for International Policy, contributing to the organization of Congressional forums and educational delegations to Cuba.  Subsequently, as a Program Associate with the Institute of Cultural Affairs, Sarah designed and implemented participatory curriculum to promote youth-adult partnerships within nongovernmental organizations based in D.C., New York, Atlanta, and Phoenix.

“Water is Life. To privatize it means death.” Managua, Nicaragua, 2004.

From 2004-2008, Sarah investigated civil society resistance to water privatization in Managua, Nicaragua. Her report on the Nicaraguan anti-water privatization social movement was published by Public Citizen and Food & Water Watch. She also worked at OMNI Research and Training in Denver, Colorado (2005-06), as a research assistant for projects in the areas of criminal justice, youth development, and public health.

When she’s away from her desk, Sarah can be found hiking with her dog, scaling walls at the climbing gym, or enjoying live music at local venues.