Sarah Fox is a Seattle author, folk historian, mother, and semi-retired waitress. She holds a Master’s Degree in History and Folklore from Utah State University and a Bachelors Degree in American Studies from the Evergreen State College. Her work has appeared in Montana: The Magazine of Western History, the Western Historical Quarterly, Environmental History, and Sunspace. Her first book, Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West, was published by University of Nebraska Press in November 2014. A paperback edition of Downwind was released in September 2018.
Sarah serves on the board of CORE-Hanford, which seeks to “advance and disseminate understanding of the human toll of exposure to ionizing radiation from uranium mining, milling, or transport; nuclear weapons production, testing or use in warfare; nuclear reactor offsite releases and related radiation exposures.” Fox continues to gather testimonies documenting the experiences of American Westerners living with the impacts of radiological exposure. She speaks on Downwind regularly to students, community groups, book clubs, and nonprofits, and teaches workshops on her methodology as a writer and folk historian. She recently concluded a two year term as a guest faculty in university of Puget Sound's Environmental Policy and Decision Making Program, where she instructed "Nuclear Narratives of the American West" and "Community Based Methods for Environmental Research," two original courses based on her work. She is currently a PhD candidate in history at University of British Columbia.