Sarah Klassen


Research Interests

Understanding past processes of urbanization and regional networks is critical for the continued growth of resilient communities today in urban and rural contexts alike.

This is particularly crucial in developing urban areas in tropical environments characterized by monsoon systems, like Southeast Asia.


Research Projects

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13.4125° N, 103.8670° E

Angkor, Cambodia (9th-14th centuries C.E.) is home to one of the largest medieval water management systems in the world.

How was the system constructed and how did it respond to climatic and social challenges?



2018       Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 

2013                 M.A., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2010                 B.A., Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


2019 - 2021     Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

2018 - 2022     Adjunct, Phoenix Community College, Anthropology Department, Phoenix, AZ

2018                Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies, Garden and Landscape Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, Washington, DC

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University of British Columbia

Department of Anthropology

Vancouver, British Columbia

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