Sarah Hillyer is the founding director of the UT Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. She is a clinical assistant professor of sociocultural studies of sport, a consultant to the US Department of State on international sport for development, peace, and women's empowerment. She specializes in the study of sport and peace-building, including diplomacy, development, disability sports, and women's empowerment. Her international travel includes women's empowerment and peace-building projects in China, Inner Mongolia, Israel, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, and Iran. In 2011, Hillyer served as the first Generations for Peace, HRH King Abdullah II, postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University.
Topics of expertise: Sport for development and peace, sport and women's empowerment, sport diplomacy, sport and community development, service-learning and community engagement, and sport-based curriculum development.