Sarah Sadlier is a JD Candidate and a History PhD Candidate at Harvard, specializing in Native American History with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS). As an undergraduate at Stanford, she quadruple majored in American Studies (with Honors), History (with Honors), Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and Political Science with Distinction. She completed her master’s in Modern Thought and Literature in 2017 at Stanford and her master’s in History in 2019 at Harvard. She is the recipient of over fifty academic awards, grants, and fellowships, including Harvard Law School’s fully-funded merit fellowship and Harvard University’s Presidential Scholarship and Presidential Public Service Fellowship. Her current work specializes in the history of Native American veterans, Indian boarding schools, and Native American lawyering.
At Harvard Law School, she is an HLS Admissions Fellow and HLS Public Service Leader, and she serves as the Co-President of the Native American Law Students Association, Student Liaison for the Disability Law Students Association, Co-Director of HLS Talks, and ACS Director of Professor and Practitioner Engagement. In the past, she has been an editor on six journals, a member on the Academic Affairs Committees of Student Government and the Women’s Law Association, and a 1L representative for the West Coast Club. In the History Department, she is an organizer of the 20th Century U.S. History Workshop and was President of the History Graduate Student Association for two years.
Through the Harvard University Native American Program, she has chaired two powwows, coordinated the Indigenous Studies Working Group, served as Co-President of Future Indigenous Educators Resisting Colonial Education (FIERCE), and taught a junior tutorial on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In the past, she has been a legal assistant at the Lakota People’s Law Project, helping defend water protectors at Standing Rock. She is a 2020 summer associate at Kilpatrick Townsend working on appellate cases in federal Indian law, including the defense of the Indian Child Welfare Act. She also is spending the summer clerking for the Native American Rights Fund. Eventually, she hopes to become a professor of American Indian Law and Native American History.