Sara Petersen

Sara Petersen
Title: Beauty Writer
Education: Emerson College
Location: Dover, New Hampshire
Expertise: Motherhood, Feminism, Gender
  • Sara has written for The Cut, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
  • Her first book, Momfluenced: Inside the Maddening, Picture-Perfect World of Mommy Influencer Culture comes out in April 2023.
  • She writes a newsletter about momfluencer culture and the cult of the ideal mother called, In Pursuit of Clean Countertops.


Sara began writing for InStyle in 2014 covering topics around motherhood, gender, and feminism. Her previous roles include being a Writing Consultant for the University of New Hampshire and a Teaching Lecturer for Plymouth State University.


Sara graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor's degree in Theater. She then went on to get her Master's degree from the University of Hampshire with a degree in Literature and Plymouth State University with a degree in Education.

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