Sarah Washbrook

Sarah Washbrook


I am a historian of modernity. My research is inter-disciplinary and encompasses cultural and materialist approaches to the study of human societies and social interaction.

My work is driven by the goal of developing a new historiography centred on the culture, language and historical experiences of Native American peoples in the Americas.

Current research

The research project, Indian Language, History and Culture: Politics, Writing and the Decolonization of Knowledge in Chiapas, Mexico, 1970-2015, examines the development of literacy, literature and artistic expression in Maya languages and the influence of the state, politics and anthropological concepts on contemporary indigenous culture during this period.

This research is part of an interest in understanding the history of archaeology, anthropology and natural science in the Americas from the late 16th until the 21st centuries, and the development of theories and epistemologies regarding indigeneity, ethnicity, modernity, nation-state building and processes of colonialism and decolonization.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 786711.

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