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Sarah Thornton

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Sarah Thornton, MA (c), BA

English and Social Sciences Specialist

Sarah grew up in Pasadena, California. In 2000, she spent her senior year of high school studying abroad in Zürich, Switzerland, where she learned to speak German and Swiss German.

Upon returning to the United States, Sarah enlisted in the Marine Corps where she completed physics and engineering courses and was certified as an aircraft mechanic. After 5 years of military service, Sarah moved to Texas in 2008 where she attended the University of Texas at Arlington. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal History and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Upon completion of her B.A., Sarah decided to pursue her research interests in the history of sexuality, identity, and the law at the graduate level. In 2013, she moved to Vancouver, Canada where she began her Master’s Degree in History at UBC. Her thesis work focuses on the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s and how second-wave feminists projected a different future for themselves.

Sarah has extensive teaching and tutoring experience both inside and outside of the classroom. She spent two years as a T.A. in the History Department at UBC teaching for both World History survey courses, 1500-present. She has also worked as a writing coach for high school and university students, whom she helped to better express themselves in their writing. As a graduate student in the humanities, Sarah knows that good writing is a difficult skill to develop and one that can be quite intimidating to practice! She believes that surrounding herself with supportive, encouraging, and engaged people has made a world of difference in her writing. She is dedicated to making that kind of difference in the lives of her students.

Teaching critical thinking and persuasive writing are two of Sarah’s academic passions. She enjoys challenging herself and her students to ask insightful questions, to engage in thoughtful and respectful critique, and to confront the ways that our personal histories have shaped our view of the world.

Sarah is a dedicated feminist activist and co-founded the UBC chapter of Silence is Violence, a student-led organization focused on ending sexual violence on campus. She has also co-founded critical theory reading groups both on and off campus.

On a typical weekend, depending on the weather, you can find Sarah walking her dogs (3!) at Spanish Banks, reading a book on the couch, or continuing to work on her thesis.

 

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