Sarah Ives '03

After spending a year interning and then working at the National Geographic Society, Sarah entered graduate school and completed a PhD in anthropology from Stanford University.  She published her first book, Steeped in Heritage:

The Racial Politics of South African Rooibos Tea, with Duke University Press in 2017. The book is based on more than fifteen months of research in rural South Africa and a decade-long engagement with the rooibos-tea-growing region.


Despite her doctorate in anthropology, Sarah still considers herself a geographer at heart and has recently returned to working in feminist geography and publishing in geography journals. In  this work, she has been profoundly influenced by her undergraduate adviser, Mona Domosh, and the Geography Department helped to make these experiences possible, from helping with her first internship to writing recommendations for graduate school.


Sarah currently teaches at San Francisco City College and is indoctrinating her two small children in geography through their map-of-the-world placemats!