Sarah Steinbock-Pratt

Sarah Steinbock-Pratt

Dr. Sarah Steinbock-Pratt

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2013
214 ten Hoor Hall

Research Interests

  • Modern United States history
  • American empire and global expansion
  • Race and gender in U.S. history
  • Transnational history and the Pacific world


Courses Taught

  • The U.S. as a World Power
  • The Rise of the U.S. as a World Power
  • Honors American Civilization
  • Modern American Civilization

Recent Publications

  • “‘It Gave Us Our Nationality’: American Education, the Politics of Dress and Transnational Filipino, Student Networks, 1901-45” in “Gender, Imperialism and Global Exchanges,” eds. Stephan F. Miescher, Michele Mitchell and Naoko Shibusawa, special issue, Gender & History 26, No. 3 (2014): 565-588.
  • “‘We Were All Robinson Crusoes’: American Women Teachers in the Philippines,” Women’s Studies, Vol. 41, No. 4 (2012): 372-392.

Conference Presentations

  • Presenter, “The Strenuous Life of Mary Helen Fee: The Construction of National Identity, Gender, and Race in Empire,” American Historical Association Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, January 7-10, 2016.
  • Presenter, “We Were Thought to Be a Backwards People: American Education and the Rise of Transnational Filipino Student Activism,” Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, April 18-20, 2013.
  • Presenter and Panel Organizer, “An Army of Pedagogues: American Teachers and the Negotiation of Empire in the Philippines,” Organization of American Historians  Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, March 17-21, 2011.
  • Presenter, “A Great Army of Instruction: Gender and Race in American Colonial Education,” Education and Empire, Sixth Galway Colonialism Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, June 24-26, 2010.

Current Projects

  • My current project investigates the role American teachers played in the building of a colonial system of education in the Philippines from 1901 to 1945.  Examining these teachers’ negotiations with American officials and Filipinos illuminates the gulf between official policies and the day to day functioning of empire, demonstrating how the implementation of empire on the ground often deviated from the expectations of the colonial state.

Awards and Honors

  • Research Grants Committee Award, The University of Alabama (2016 – 2018)
  • Dissertation Writing Fellowship, History Department, University of Texas at Austin (Fall 2011)
  • Professional Development Award, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin (March 2011)
  • Ward Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin (March 2010)


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