Sarah Osten is a historian of Latin America at the University of Vermont, specializing in twentieth century Mexico.
Her first book, The Mexican Revolution's Wake: The Making of a Political System, 1920-1929 (Cambridge University Press, spring, 2018) is social and political history of regional Socialist parties that set critical precedents for the creation of Mexico's single party-dominated system in the years following the Mexican Revolution. In 2019, it received an honorable mention for best social science book on Mexico from the Mexico section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
Osten holds a PhD in history (2010) and a MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2004) from the University of Chicago. Her BA is from Brown University.
Before coming to UVM, Osten was a visiting assistant professor of history and a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Northwestern University.
Her current and planned future research examines long-term legacies of political violence in modern Mexico, and the changing meanings of "revolution" in Mexican politics during the twentieth century.
In Latin America more generally, she is particularly interested in campaigns and elections, political violence and peace processes, the formulation of citizenship and rights, and the relationships between governments and opposition movements.