Student Spotlight January 2018

    Sarah Ivens Moffett



    Sarah Ivens Moffett graduated from the University of Kent in England with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Economics. Sarah received her Masters in 2011 and is currently pursuing a PhD in the Global Humanities department with the support of her Husband, Russell and two children, William and Matilda.

    "The opportunity to work with the rare graduate student who is as gifted as Sarah is one of the genuine pleasures of my work as an academic. Sarah’s a richly intergenerational and transatlantic work that illuminates gender and society in profoundly thoughtful ways. At times acerbic, often bittersweet and elegiac, her voice is both wise and profoundly compassionate. I’ve learned a great deal from her insightful portrayals!" -Ranen Omer-Sherman,

    1. Specific areas of research (how you chose this research, why it interested you):

    Motherhood during the reign of Elizabeth II (1953 to today), through a collection of linked stories I have penned about a family living during this period, plus lots of research!

    2. How would you describe your area of study/ specific research to your grandmother?

    I look at how women’s roles in British society have changed during the reign of Elizabeth II – using literature, music, theatre, film and academic research

    3. What has been your favorite part of the graduate school experience at UofL?

    Luxuriating in the brilliance of my professors and the supportive, original people in my global Humanities cohort.

    4. What do you feel is the greatest challenge that graduate students face and how have you dealt with this challenge?

    Funding! I’ve continued to work as a freelance journalist throughout my PhD.

    5. Family life:

    Husband Russell, a software architect; Son William, 6; Daughter Matilda, 4.

    Fun Facts
    A talent you have always wanted: To be able to run elegantly
    Favorite book: Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Favorite quote: “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Coco Chanel
    Role Model: My Grandma
    Favorite Vacation Destination: Ibiza
    If you weren’t in graduate school, what would you be doing now? Begging for even more work as a freelance writer.