Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 2915

Sarah Thomas's work primarily focuses on the cultural production of contemporary Spain in its historical and political context. She has a secondary interest in Latin American literature and film of the same period, and the transatlantic dialogues that emerge between cultures in the Spanish-speaking world. Her research and teaching focuses on: post-dictatorship studies, representations of childhood, gender studies, psychoanalysis, memory studies, and the theory and practice of translation.


Sarah Thomas joined the Department of Hispanic Studies in 2013, after receiving a Ph.D. from New York University's Department of Spanish and Portuguese the same year. Before arriving at NYU, she received a B.A. in Literature (Spanish and English) from Harvard University in 2004. Much of her research is concerned with the representation of outsider or marginalized subjects, particularly in the context of civil conflict or dictatorship and its aftermath. She is currently revising her dissertation, "Imagining Otherwise: Childhood, Subjectivity, and the Violent Past in Spanish Film, 1970-1983," into a book manuscript for publication.


Ph.D., New York University


Prof. Thomas has taught courses on literature and culture of Spain and Latin America from the Golden Age to the present, as well as courses in Spanish language at all levels. At Brown, she will offer courses primarily focused on films and novels of the contemporary period in Spain, though hopes to offer some with a transatlantic focus as well. Her course offerings include: Representations of the Family in Fiction and Film, Introduction to Spanish Cinema, History and Memory: Literature of Civil Conflict, Visual Culture and the Spanish Civil War, and the Theory and Practice of Translation.