Sara has a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington and an MA in Geography from the University of British Columbia. She began her PhD at York in fall 2009, after lecturing at the Metropolitan State College of Denver and the National University of Mongolia.
Her research interests include cultural geographies of resource extraction, environmental displacement, and territory. Sara’s dissertation focuses on infrastructure development of the Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and how natural resources and the nation are re-imagined and materially transformed through the construction of a mining boom. Working with an illustrator, part of her dissertation is a graphic novel that draws from her research experiences to be translated and distributed in Mongolia. The working title of her dissertation is Building a Gold Rush: Imagining New Territories in Mongolia’s South Gobi. A SSHRC doctoral fellowship and a research fellowship with the American Center for Mongolian Studies fund Sara’s research.
Keywords: Political ecology of resource extraction; water resources; nation-building; territory; Mongolia