PhD Candidate Profile

Rich-Zendel, Sarah

Status

Active

Email Address

sarah.rich.zendel@mail.utoronto.ca

Major

International Relations

Minor

Development Studies

Start Date

September 1, 2011

Supervisor(s)

Ron Levi
Jennifer Nedelsky

Rich-Zendel, Sarah

Dissertation:

Between Rights and Taboo: How Institutions Mediate the Transformation of Sexual Norms in Nepal

Biography

Sarah’s PhD dissertation looks at how social institutions in Nepal (health, education, and media) address contentious areas of sexuality in their everyday practices. Sarah has lived in Nepal on and off for the past twelve years. During this time, she has designed and managed several research projects there, including, her SSHRC-funded MA that critically analyzes fair trade and gender empowerment programs in three regions of Nepal. She is also the senior research manager of a multi-year experimental study on the efficacy of human trafficking and migration awareness campaigns in Nepal conducted by Stanford University and Vanderbilt University. In addition to her dissertation, Sarah’s is an active member of the communities where she lives. She has been involved in organizing around women’s and sexual rights, prison abolition and, most recently, disaster recovery. After the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, she took a break from her dissertation to co-coordinate Circle of Health International’s response. This involved working with women’s groups in her Nepali community to conduct a post-disaster assessment of women’s needs. She also volunteers as an administrative assistant at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre. Through her research and community work, Sarah has had the opportunity to host and produce radio programs, script a graphic novel and, facilitate conversations about sexuality.

Publications

Rich-Zendel, Sarah (2013). Unraveling Fair Trade: Insights from Women Weavers in Nepal. Studies in Nepali History and Society 18(2): 305-327.

Research Interests

Sexual Politics, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, International Relations, Critical Development Studies, Nepal.

Previous Degrees

(2011) University of Calgary, Master of Arts, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
Disciplines: Sociology, International Political Economy, International Development

(2007) University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, International Indigenous Studies

Teaching Experience

Critical Issues in Politics, Introduction to International Relations, Globalization and Governance, Politics of South Asia, Global Civil Society, and Gender and Development.