Sarah Hurlburt is a co-researcher on the Canadian project Trois siècles de migrations francophones en Amérique du Nord (1640-1940), Partnership Research Project directed by Yves Frenette and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). 2019-2026. Her research examines kin and migration networks in French Canadian and métis communities in the Pacific Northwest in the 19th and early 20th centuries. She uses archives of family correspondence in both French and English in combination with genealogical research to explore the structure, maintenance, and function of dual language kin networks, with particular attention to the role of women as kin keepers. Specific communities of interest include Frenchtown in the Walla Walla valley, the history of métis families of the CTUIR, Moxee in the Yakima valley, and the Gentilly in Polk County, Minnesota. In addition to her scholarly work, she is active on the board of the Frenchtown Historical Foundation and engaged in public history and community engaged learning.
Hurlburt has previously published on Flaubert, Corneille, Montaigne, French bande dessinée, and the use of technology in language teaching.