Sarena Martinez

D.Phil. in History
Supervisors: Dr Stephen Tuck and Dr Paul Martin

Sarena is a first year D.Phil. student in American History studying 20th century American political development. Her work traces the contours of the relationship between state legislatures and local governments and its consequences--an important and oft overlooked fulcrum of the political and economic development of the American welfare state.

A Rhodes Scholar, Sarena earned her M.Sc. in Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in Psychology and French. Previously, Sarena served as a Manager of Special Projects in the Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity at the City of Birmingham, Alabama, United States, a team laser-focused on facilitating an inclusive economy in one of America’s foremost post-industrial cities.