I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Tufts University (starting September 2023) specializing in Britain and the World.

I earned my PhD in History from the University of Michigan in 2018.

@sarahmmass | sarah.mass@tufts.edu


My research focuses on twentieth-century Britain’s changing shopping spaces and practices. More specifically, I trace how and why ordinary town and city-center retail institutions—such as open-air markets, ethnic-minority shopkeepers, and itinerant vendors—helped define the boundaries of “the local” in a globalizing economy, and the effects of this configuration for categories of cultural identity across towns and cities in England, Scotland, and Wales.


In the classroom, I likewise help students think capaciously about how everyday histories of twentieth-century Britain and Europe help shed light on contemporary debates over citizenship and belonging.