Sarah Jacobson

I am a doctoral candidate in Modern European History. My research interests center on new social movements beginning in the 1960s and continuing into the 1980s. My dissertation is tentatively entitled Squatting to Make Ends Meet: The Right to a Home in Italy and West Germany, 1970s-1980s. I particularly focus on low-income or underprivileged individuals who occupied housing – usually migrants – and their relationship to young political activists. I believe examining these marginalized occupiers can illuminate questions relating to citizenship, mass movements, the political left (and far left), the welfare state, and a shift towards neoliberalism.

My research has been generously funded through a guest stay at the University of Cologne (2018), the Milton E. Meulder Graduate Fellowship in History (2017), the Gliozzo Dissertation Scholarship (2017), the College of Social Sciences, and the Department of History. I am grateful to my students for nominating me for the IAH Sommers Teaching Excellence award, which I also received in 2017.

Advisor: Dr. Karrin Hanshew

Committee: Dr. Sean Forner, Dr. Charles Keith, Dr. Aminda Smith

Fields: Modern Germany and Modern Italy, Women and Gender, Decolonization

Research Languages: Italian and German

Educational Background: B.A. History, Brigham Young University (2012). M.A. History, Michigan State University (2016).

Email: jacob258@msu.edu

CV: Jacobson_CV