Sarah Derbew received her B.A. in Latin from Haverford College in 2009. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.
After college, she developed service-learning initiatives at Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice in Philadelphia and completed coursework in Classics at CUNY Graduate Center.
Her present interests include the ancient Greek novel, Herodotean ethnography, and the presence of sub-Saharan Africa in Greek and Latin literature. Her dissertation, entitled “The Metatheater of Blackness: Looking at and through black Africa in ancient Greek literature and art,” presents a cumulative and interconnected argument about the capacity for critical and self-reflexive theorizations of race and cultural identity in the “Greek” Mediterranean from the fifth century BCE to the third century CE. In her free time, she likes to tap dance, watch Bollywood movies, and read novels. In January 2016, she organized and hosted Continents in Conversation: A Literary Festival which featured six world-renowned writers who braved Winter Storm Jonas to participate in lively round-table discussions about African literature.