Sarah Nappi

Research Analyst, South America Programme, Americas Centre

Sarah Nappi

Research Analyst, South America Programme, Americas Centre

Sarah is a Research Analyst in the South America Programme within the Americas Centre. She contributes with analysis and regional perspectives to the work of CYIS on global security, economic-environmental and humanitarian threats.


History of Enslavement in the Americas Consequences of Colonialism in Latin America Race and Ethnicity in Latin America Consequences of the Latin American Cold War


English, Spanish


Sarah is in the final year of her undergraduate degree in history at the London School of Economics and Political Science with an offer to continue my education at University College London, studying a Master’s in the Caribbean and Latin American Studies. She is particularly interested in how formal European colonialism and enslavement, as well as U.S. interference and occupation, have contributed to many of the challenges Latin America faces today. She has ecently completed my undergraduate dissertation on the transnational impact of the Haitian Revolution on other slave revolts in the wider Caribbean Basin, exploring broader themes of Black resistance in the Americas.  

She has also just completed a research assistantship with Dr Richards of the LSE as he writes his first book on abolition movements in the Americas. She analyzed source material from 19th century Cuba to learn more about nationwide resistance movements that were once dismissed as a white, colonial conspiracy.  In addition to my academic background in Latin American history, she has also volunteered as an English language teacher both in Guatemala and with a London-based NGO called Latin American Women’s Rights Service, providing me further insight into the challenges facing Latin Americans and the Latin American diaspora. 

Being part of CYIS is an excellent opportunity to continue to explore the historical dimension of the most pressing issues of the Americas in the 21st century and use this historical context to develop more effective, and more empathetic, policy proposals.