Department of History

Sarah Christensen

Ph.D. Candidate ​
Research Interests Gender and migration in the Viking diaspora; the Viking slave trade.


Sarah studies intimate histories of women in domestic slavery in the early European Middle Ages (400-1200). Her dissertation project brings together textual and material evidence from points along European slave-trading routes, from Dublin to Constantinople, to illuminate the everyday lives of enslaved women and their children as they were moved across continents. She is also interested broadly in the consequences of women's mobility in the medieval world. She is pursuing a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brown's Pembroke Center. She earned her B.A. in Greek Classics and Literary Arts from Brown University, and her MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic from the University of Cambridge. She spent 2022-23 as a Fulbright-Mach Scholar at the University of Vienna in Austria.