Sarah received her BA in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College in 2004. In 2005, she moved to Knoxville to become a GIS technician and field archaeologist for the University of Tennessee's Archaeological Research Lab before moving on to complete the Post-Baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania. She has conducted fieldwork in the Southeastern USA, Pompeii, the Nemea Valley, the eastern Corinthia, and East Lokris. Her dissertation, entitled "Trade, Imports, and Society in Early Greece (1400-700 BCE)," was advised by Ian Morris, Josh Ober, and Richard Martin. This thesis has since grown into a book, recently published by the Cambridge University Press under the title The Collapse of the Mycenaean Economy: Imports, Trade, and Institutions 1300-700 BCE.
After graduation, Sarah accepted a tenure-track offer from the University of Notre Dame as an Assistant Professor in their Department of Classics. After a subsequent three years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sarah has accepted a new tenure-track position at the University of Toronto, effective July 1, 2017.