Sarah England

Sarah England, PhD

Academic Administration - Undergraduate Program
Faculty - Full-Time
sarah england
Associate Professor of Anthropology

I graduated from the University of California at Davis with a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2000 and was hired as SUA faculty in 2002. All of the research that I have conducted has been in Central America and the Caribbean on issues regarding racial identities and racism, gender ideologies and gender violence, immigration, asylum, and human rights. Based on this research I have published two ethnographies and numerous articles on Garifuna immigration from Honduras and gender based violence in Guatemala. I also work as an expert witness in asylum cases by writing country conditions reports for immigration attorneys. I teach a broad array of courses in Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies as well as in the Core Series and Pacific Basin in the general education curriculum. I am currently working on a project to explore the multiple mobilities and migrations to Costa Rica as a country that receives migrants from both the “global North” and the “global South” as well as thousands of tourists and transit migrants who pass through each year. This places Costa Rica squarely within current global debates about mobility as a privilege and a resource and how those are distributed and experienced very unevenly by differently racialized and gendered populations in the world.

  • PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Davis
  • MA in Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Davis
  • BA with highest honors in Sociocultural Anthropology, minor in Spanish, University of Texas at Austin
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Gender and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
  • Indigenous Peoples of Latin America
  • Inequality, Repression, and Resistance in Central America
  • Violence and Oppression in Latin America
  • US/Latin American Transnational Migration
  • Introduction to the Pacific Basin
  • Learning Clusters:
    • Central American Immigration to Southern California
    • Multiracial Families
    • Femicide in Guatemala
    • Human Rights and Armed Conflict in Guatemala
    • Rights of Youth in Guatemala
    • Environmental Rights in Guatemala
    • Latin Americans Seeking Asylum in Miami
    • Gender Violence in Armed Conflict
  • Central America
  • Transnational Migration
  • Latin American Migration
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Afro-Latino Communities
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Gendered Violence
  • Violence in Latin America
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Race and Ethnicity


  • Afro-Centroamericanos en Nueva York: relatos garífunas de movimientos transnacionales en espacios racializados. Peter Lang Publishing. 2019.
  • Writing Terror on the Bodies of Women: Media Coverage of Violence against Women and Femicide in Guatemala. Lexington Books. 2018.
  • Afro Central Americans in New York City: Garifuna Tales of Transnational Movements in Racialized Space, University Press of Florida. 2006.

Book Chapters

  • “The Third Exile: Honduran Garinagu Negotiate Indigeneity and Mobility in the Face of Forced Migration” In Carib, Kalinago and Garifuna Peoples: Indigeneity, Contact and Hybridization in Question, Paula Prescod, ed. University of Illinois Press. Forthcoming.
  • “Latin America: A Living and Changing Artifact” by Sarah England and Ian Read, in The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, Shane Barter and Michael Weiner, eds. Routledge. 2017.
  • “Migration, Immigration, and Settlement within the Pacific Basin” by Sarah England and Michael Weiner, in The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, Shane Barter and Michael Weiner, eds. Routledge. 2017.
  • “Gender Violence: Honor, Shame, and the Violation of Bodies in Guatemala and India,” in The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, Shane Barter and Michael Weiner, eds. Routledge. 2017.
  • “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. (co-authored with Mark Anderson, UC Santa Cruz). 2004.
  • Gender Ideologies and Domestic Structures in the Transnational Space of the Garifuna Diaspora. Diasporic Identity: Selected Papers in Refugee and Immigrant Issues Vol. 6. Carol Mortland, ed. American Anthropological Association Committee on Refugee and Immigrants (CORI). 1998.

Journal Articles

  • "Racialized Dispossession and the Third Exile: Honduran Garifuna Asylum Seekers." Latin American Perspectives. (Special Issue: Latin Americans Seeking Asylum: Documenting the Crisis as Researchers and Expert Witnesses). Issue Editors Sarah England, Alfonso Gonzalez, and Lisa Knauer. Forthcoming 2024.
  • "When Violence is Neither 'Personal' nor 'General.'" Annals of Anthropological Practice 46(1): 91-94. Special Section "Expert Witnessing: Ethnography in the Courtroom and Problems of Essentialism." 2022.
  • “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). 2014.
  • “Hombres contra la Violencia de Género: Replanteando la Masculinidad en Guatemala.” Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos, Volume 39, University of Costa Rica. 2013.
  • 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). 2010.
  • 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). 2008.
  • “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). 1999.
  • "No Life Without Land: Interview with Teofilo Lacayo." Abya Yala News: Journal of the South and Meso American Indian Information Center (SAIIC), vol. 8, nos. 1 and 2.
  • 2009-present, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Soka University of America
  • 2002-2009, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Soka University of America
  • 2018-present, Fulbright Program Advisor, Soka University
  • 2014-2017, Associate Dean of Students, Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Soka University
  • 2012-2015, Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Soka University
  • 2001-2002, Faculty Fellow, UC System-wide Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship, Division of the Social Sciences, University of California, Davis

Research Grants

  • 2021 Pacific Basin Research Center Faculty Summer Grants
  • 2009 Pacific Basin Research Center Faculty Summer Grants
  • 2007 Fulbright Research/Teaching Fellowship for University of the West Indies, Trinidad. (declined)
  • 1995-1996 Inter-American Foundation Field Research Fellowship at the Doctoral Level.
  • 1995 Social Science Research Council Doctoral Research Fellowship.
  • 1993 Inter-American Foundation Masters-level research grant.
  • 1993 Research Institute for the Study of Man, RISM Landes Training Grant.

Fellowships and Awards

  • 2018-19 Soka University Merit Award
  • 2001-02 Faculty Fellows Award, UC System-wide Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship, Division of Social Sciences, University of California, Davis.
  • 2000 American Sociological Association, International Migration Section, Honorable Mention for best Graduate Student Paper.
  • 1998-1999 University of California President’s Dissertation-Year Writing Fellowship.
  • 1991-1997 University of California, Davis, Humanities Institute Presidential Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
  • 1991 National Science Foundation, Honorable Mention.
  • 1990 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.