Sarah Romano

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Studies

Sarah Romano

Sarah T. Romano is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Studies in the Social Science Division. Her research in Nicaragua and the U.S. examines how societal actors engage in environmental management and decision-making, with an emphasis on state-society relations and new forms of political engagement in public policy processes. She teaches in the areas of Latin American politics, international relations, social movements, globalization, politics of developing states, and environmental politics and policy.

Sarah holds a BA from the University of Puget Sound in Spanish and International Affairs and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Politics and Latin American & Latino Studies.  Her personal website is:

Selected Publications


2019 (forthcoming) Rural Water Governance in Nicaragua: From Resource Management to Political Activism. Under contract with The University of Arizona Press.

2016  Romano, S.T. De la gestión de recursos al activismo social: Los CAPS y la gobernanza del agua rural en Nicaragua. Managua, Nicaragua: Edisa.

Journal Articles

2018  Romano, S.T. & Daum, C. “Transformative Practices of Teacher-Scholar-Activists in the Era of Trump.” New Political Science 40(3): 515-527.

2018  Romano, S.T. & Highby, W. “Environmental Activism of Teacher-Scholars in the Neoliberal University.” New Political Science 40(3): 581-598.

2017  Romano, S.T. “Transforming Participation in Water Governance: the Multisectoral Alliances of Water Committees and NGOs in Nicaragua.” International Journal of Water Resources Development. doi: 10.1080/07900627.2017.1363722.

2017  Romano, S.T. “Building Sustainable Water Governance from the Grassroots: ‘Organic Empowerment’ and Its Policy Implications in Nicaragua.” Society and Natural Resources, 30(4): 471-487.

2017  LaVanchy, G.T., Romano, S.T., & Taylor, M.J. “Challenges to water security along the ‘Emerald Coast’: a political ecology of local water governance in Nicaragua.” Water 9(9): 655.