Sara Silverstein

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Yale

Faculty Affiliate, Human Rights Institute

Twitter: @SilversteinProf

Sara Silverstein received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2016, her M.Phil. in Modern European History from Oxford University in 2009, and her A.B. in Literature from Dartmouth College in 2007. She has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, a Fox Fellow at Sciences Po, Paris, a junior visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and a Franke Fellow at Yale.

Areas of Specialty

History of Internationalism, Human Rights, Social Rights, Global Health, Migration and Refugees, Modern European Political and Social History

Research Interests

International organizations and universal healthcare, Rights of migrants and refugees, Statelessness, Politics of internationalism

Current Projects

Doctors As Diplomats: The Origins of Universal Health in International Society
Rights of the Stateless: Migrants, Minorities, and the Other History of Modernity

Selected Publications

“The Periphery is the Center: Some Macedonian Origins of Social Medicine and Universal Healthcare” in Contemporary European History, vol. 27, no. 4 (forthcoming).

“Reinventing International Health in East Central Europe: The League of Nations, State Sovereignty, and Universal Health” in After Empire: The League of Nations and the Former Habsburg Lands, edited by Peter Becker and Natasha Wheatley (forthcoming).


The price of America’s withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council,” Opinion piece, Washington Post (July 19, 2018).


World Historical Association Dissertation Prize (2017)

Sara Silverstein, assistant professor of history, UConn
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