Sarah Bellows-Blakely

Sarah Bellows-Blakely

History
Entering Year: 2010

Sarah, originally from Topeka, Kansas, graduated with honors from Stanford University, with a degree in history. As a historian of 20th century Africa, Sarah explores the growth of girls’ rights in Kenya. Focusing on the period since the end of World War II, her research analyzes the emergence of international and national frameworks enumerating girls’ rights. It examines how these frameworks were implemented and how they impacted - and were impacted by - girls and their families in specific regions of Kenya. Sarah contextualizes this analysis against the backdrop of decolonization and the end of the Cold War, as discussions about girls' rights became intertwined with broader debates about the size and role of the government, the structure of the economy, and the expansion of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating within Kenya and internationally. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading fiction of all kinds, biking, exploring new places, and periodically re-watching the film Dr. Strangelove.