Staff Directory


Sarah England, PhD

Associate Dean of Students

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Title IX and Section 504 Deputy Coordinator for Students

Phone: 949-480-4051

Fax: 949-480-4261


Academic Administration - Undergraduate Program Staff

Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D. in Socio-cultural Anthropology, University of California, Davis
  • M.A. in Socio-cultural Anthropology, University of California, Davis
  • B.A. with highest honors in Socio-cultural Anthropology, minor in Spanish, University of Texas at Austin

Positions Held

  • 2014 - Present, Associate Dean of Students, Soka University of America 
  • 2002 - Present, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Soka University of America

Research Interests

  • Gender and Sexuality in Central America
  • Violence against Women in Central America
  • Media Representations of Violence against Women in Guatemala
  • Detention and Deportation Regime
  • Central American Immigration to the US and deportation

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • Afro-Hondurans in New York City: Garifuna Tales of Transnational Movements in Racialized Space, University Press of Florida, 2006
  • 2014 “Protecting a Woman’s Honor or Protecting her Sexual Freedom? Challenging the Guatemalan Patriarchal State through reforms to Sexual Violence Legislation.”  Latin American Perspectives, vol. 41 (1).
  • 2013 “Hombres contra la Violencia de Género: Replanteando la Masculinidad en Guatemala.” Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos, Volume 39, University of Costa Rica.
  • 2010 Afro-Hondurans in the Chocolate City: Garifuna, Katrina, and the Advantages of Racial Invisibility in the Nuevo New Orleans. In The Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies 3(4):31-55.
  • 2010 Mixed and Multiracial in Trinidad and Honduras: Rethinking Mixed-Race Identities in Latin America and the Caribbean. In Ethnic and Racial Studies 32(2).
  • 2008 Reading the Dougla Body: Mixed-Race, Post-Race, and other Narratives of what it Means to be Mixed in Trinidad. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 3(1).
  • 2004 "Auténtica cultura africana en Honduras? Los afro-centroamericanos desafían el mestizaje indo-hispánico hondureño,"  Memorias del mestizaje. Charles Hale, Dario Euraque, and Jeffrey Gould, eds. CIRMA: Antigua, Guatemala.
  • 1999 "Negotiating Race and Place in the Garifuna Diaspora: Identity Formation and Transnational Grassroots Politics in New York City and Honduras," Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 6(1).

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Gender and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Indigenous Peoples of Latin America
  • Inequality, Repression, and Resistance in Central America
  • Latin American/US Transnational Migration
  • Core I and II
  • Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • Learning Clusters on Human Rights in Guatemala

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Fullbright Research Fellowship (declined), 2007 
  • Faculty Fellows Award, UC System-wide Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship, Division of Social Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2001-02 
  • American Sociological Association, International Migration Section, Honorable Mention for best Graduate Student Paper, 2000  
  • University of California President’s Dissertation-Year Writing Fellowship, 1998-1999  
  • University of California, Davis, Humanities Institute Presidential Pre-doctoral Fellowship. 1991 National Science Foundation, Honorable Mention, 1991-1997 
  • Tulane University, Scholarship for Summer Kakchikel Course, 1990 
  • University of Texas at Austin, Special Honors in Anthropology, 1990
  • University of Texas at Austin, College Scholar, 1990 
  • University of Texas at Austin, Eva Stevenson Woods Endowed Presidential Scholarship, 1990