Sarah J. Adams is a voluntary employee at the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University and lecturer of early modern history at Amsterdam University College. In 2020, she completed her PhD, entitled "Repertoires of Slavery: Dutch Theater Between Abolitionism and Colonial Subjection, 1770-1810," under the supervision of Prof. Kornee van der Haven (UGhent). The project, funded by FWO, charted the erratic ideological terrain of abolitionism through the lens of white-produced theater in the Netherlands in a period rife with seething debates over race, national identity, profitability, and human rights. Her follow-up project, "Blackface Burlesques," will explore the modes, scenarios, tropes, and techniques used to design “blackness” on the comic Dutch stage and investigate the different functions of these modes of representation before the heyday of minstrel culture. Her research interests include critical race theory, postcolonial criticism, popular culture, and performance historiography. Since 2016, Sarah is co-editor of the yearbook of the Dutch-Belgian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and a member of the research groups THALIA, GEMS, and CEL19.