Sarah Foss


Sarah Foss, Assistant ProfessorSF3
Ph.D., Indiana University

Address: 103 Murray (South)
Email: safoss@okstate.edu 

Fall 2018 Office Hours
M: 12:00-1:30
W: 1:30-3:00

My research focuses on the politics of Cold War era international development projects in Latin America and the ways that indigenous people interacted with, and often appropriated, these projects. My current book project, “Until the Indian is Made to Walk”: Indigenismo and Development in Cold War Guatemala, focuses on the ways that a diverse set of actors utilized discourses of international development to redefine the category of “the Indian” in an attempt to integrate the indigenous population into the nation. I focus not only on the actions and motivations of policymakers but also emphasize the ways that indigenous people actively participated in these processes, often creating alternate versions of development and indigenous citizenship. My research has been supported by a Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, an Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Research Fellowship, and several smaller grants. I have presented aspects of this research at the annual meetings of the American Historical Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

I enjoy teaching courses on Latin American history, Cold War history, race and ethnicity, and surveys of World and US history. I am currently developing a course called “From the Plantation to Your Plate: Bananas, Sugar, and Coffee in the Americas” that considers the ways that the production and consumption of primary commodities shapes societies in the Americas.

Courses Taught
HIST 3453 Colonial Latin America
HIST 3463 Modern Latin America
HIST 1103 Survey of American History
HIST 2223 World History 1500-present
From the Plantation to Your Plate: Bananas, Sugar & Coffee in the Americas

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