Sarah Christensen

Fulbright-Mach US Student Award

Home Institution
Brown University
Host Institution
University of Vienna
Project Title
"Enslaved Women in the Early Middle Ages from Iceland to the House of Islam, c. 500-1100"
1 October 2022 – 30 June 2022

Sarah Christensen is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She previously received an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic from the University of Cambridge and a BA in literary arts and classics from Brown University. Her research explores the emotional lives of enslaved women in the early Middle Ages (c. 500–1100), encompassing a broad geography from Iceland to the Islamic world. During her time as a Fulbright grantee, she will study textual and material evidence for the medieval trade in enslaved women along riverine routes through what is now Austria and beyond, seeking to understand emotional experiences of capture, transport, sale, labor, motherhood, friendship, and more. Sarah grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and has also lived in Puerto Rico, Mexico, London, New York City, Washington, DC, and Big Sky, Montana. She enjoys hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and anything else that involves high mountains, snowy forests, or windswept islands.