Sarah Gerwens

Sarah Gerwens

PhD Candidate

European Institute

English, German
Key Expertise
Race, Whiteness, Education, Immigration

About me

Sarah Gerwens is a PhD candidate at the LSE’s European Institute. Her research investigates how people speak about race in a supposedly post-race society and how this shapes institutions.

To do this, she employs qualitative methods, including policy analysis and interviews, to study ‘narratives of whiteness’ in German primary schools. In particular, Sarah aims to understand the ways these narratives impact immigrant students and legitimise educational inequality. This work engages with Critical Race Theory and the critical whiteness literature. More broadly, Sarah’s research interests include racism, education, institutional discrimination, and immigration.

Sarah holds an MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict from the LSE and a BA in Global Studies and Psychology from Hofstra University. She has gained professional experience in the German and European parliament as well as the NGO and development sector. Currently, Sarah is Head of Research at the 89 Initiative, a pan-European think tank, and an editor and the executive director of the online youth magazine Europe&Me. In the 20/21 academic year, she has also been elected as the LSE Student Union PhD representative.

Sarah’s studies are funded by an LSE Studentship.

Academic Supervisors

Professor Jennifer Jackson-Preece and Professor Esra Özyürek (Cambridge)