Sarah McLennan received her B.A. in History and English from Michigan State University and her M.A. from the College of William & Mary. Her research focuses on cultural history and public memory, examining how institutions and public sites interpret their history, and the impact these representations have on community and national identity. In addition to her academic work, she has pursued these interests through oral history projects for the Cultural Resources Division at NASA Langley and the Lemon Project at William & Mary.
Sarah was awarded a Provost Dissertation Fellowship from William & Mary for 2014-2015, and successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, "Promoting Tourism, Selling a Nation: The Politics of National Identity in the United States 1930-1960" in 2015. She has presented her work at numerous conferences, including the Virginia Forum, the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association annual meeting, and the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women.