Sarah Galbenski is presently engaged in research with Professor Susan Blum of the department of anthropology. Galbenski was first fascinated by the coursework in Professor Blum’s Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology class and realized that she wanted to delve more deeply into the broader field of anthropology. Professor Blum’s current project focuses on the anthropology of education, and Galbenski is assisting her in analyzing people’s experiences in school at all levels in a variety of international settings as well as people’s experiences learning outside of school in order to better understand the contemporary phenomenology of socialization. The project is still in its nascent stages, but the team hopes to build a ‘‘School Stories’’ website in order to share out photos, video-recorded interviews, and transcripts with the global community in an accessible format and ultimately harness this awareness to inspire viewers to advocate for equitable education.
The summer after her freshman year, Galbenski spent two months in San José de Chimbo, Ecuador through the Center for Social Concerns’ International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP). Her primary responsibility was teaching fifth grade, seventh grade, eighth grade, and high school English classes, but she was also able to conduct interviews with her students regarding the Ecuadorian education system. Additionally, Galbenski is a sophomore representative on the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) Student Advisory Committee. She is more than happy to assist any students interested in engaging in anthropological research, researching in Latin America, applying to the ISSLP, or applying skills derived from a PLS education to international research.
I am interested in sexual and gender-based violence both domestically and internationally, especially as it pertains to Latin America. Through my current research, I have grown interested in female empowerment as a peace building tool.
I am currently a research assistant in Professor Laura Miller-Graff's Building Resilience After Violent Exposure (BRAVE) Research Lab. Primarily; I assist in Miller-Graff's Ford Program Project entitled Empowering Pregnant Women in Lima, Peru. This project aims to adapt the Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program (PMEP) presently being piloted in both South Bend, Indiana and Memphis, Tennessee to the cultural climate of Lima, Peru. PMEP addresses how intimate partner violence affects mental health and pregnancy in five group therapy sessions.