Sarah Nidia Ochs

Sarah Nidia Ochs

Sarah Nidia Ochs

Graduate Research Assistant


Upon graduating from St. John’s College, Sarah moved home to Richmond, VA to work as an art conservator. After years in conservation, she began a career in the non-profit sector in various parts of the U.S. and also internationally, eventually translating that into a Master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution, which she received in 2014. 

Sarah is currently a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department. Her dissertation examines the social histories of four prominent monuments in Richmond over a 130-year period in order to understand changing conceptions of race and power, along with the forces which shape our civic health and democracy. She suggests that by tracking the debates about race and monuments that Richmond has been conducting over the past 130 years one can learn how inherited racial logics and undemocratic structures (and their economic underpinnings) aid in the persistence of racism and inequality.

Sarah is a regular volunteer for organizations which work to make Richmond a more equitable city, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Virginia.   

Selected Publications

Ochs, Sarah E., and Kristin Reed. 2016. “Victimizing Offenders and Criminalizing Victimhood: Narratives of Mass Incarceration in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era.” Narrative and Conflict: Explorations of Theory and Practice 4(1).

Grants and Fellowships

2023-2024 Doctoral Research Scholars Award Recipient

2023 (Spring) Center for Humanities Research Fellow 

2020 Dennis-Weathers Sociology Award Recipient 

2019 Devlin Family Scholarship Recipient 


M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from GMU's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (now The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution)

Recent Presentations

February 2023 Paper Presentation at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference, "Dignity and Critique in a Small Southern City"