Sarah Senette entered the PhD program in 2012. Her work examines gender, race, migration, identity, and the politics of rural and urban space in Louisiana. Her work has appeared in Louisiana History and in Demanding the Impossible: History as Activism. Her dissertation examines the history of Louisiana's Creole Cowboys. It demonstrates the colonial migration and American transformation of Louisiana's free population of color. It highlights their evolution from a racially fluid, family centered, identity to a racially rigid identity in response to increasing violence and legal pressure during the years surrounding the Civil War.