Sarah Pollnow is a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interest is on memorialization activities and commemorative sites, including plaques and memorials, that were constructed, dismantled, or contested in the 20th century in West Africa and the United States. While at Notre Dame, she aims to study how societies represent and transmit understandings of atrocities and trauma. She holds an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor's degree in History from Middlebury College. 

Sarah most recently worked in Princeton, New Jersey as a Program Manager at the African School of Economics, where she focused on the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Programme in Nigeria. Prior to that, she spent a year as a Princeton in Africa Fellow at the African School of Economics’ campus in Abomey-Calavi, Benin. Sarah was a certified public school teacher in Vermont and has teaching experience in Germany, where she was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, and in Japan, where she worked with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme.