American Studies
American Studies

Sarah Carlson

Masters Student
Sarah Carlson



archives, libraries, and museums; curation; public history and cultural heritage; arts and cultural management and entrepreneurship; critical race studies; heritage development and tourism


Sarah Carlson is a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in the social economy of cultural heritage institutions, with a focus on curation, development, placemaking, and community.


Sarah has experience working across cultural heritage organizations, most recently with Art in Public Places, a program run by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and with the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She is currently a Graduate Research Associate in Public Services at the Harry Ransom Center and is completing a portfolio in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship.


Sarah received her BA in English from the University of Minnesota. Her award-winning undergraduate thesis, Copyright Nation, examined copyright law through race and national identity in American literature at the turn of the twentieth century.


The topic of her Masters thesis is a comparative analysis of the curation of history in public heritage projects and archives, using the activities and archival collection of the Texas Heritage Foundation as a case study.

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