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Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

Faculty - Sarah Ohmer


Sarah OhmerE-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-6757
Office: Carman Hall, Room 288
Rank: Assistant Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: Post-Doctorate, University of Sao Paolo History (2015), Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literature, University of Pittsburgh (2012), M.A. Spanish Literature and Linguistics, University of Houston (2006) , B.A. Spanish and English Linguistics, University of Houston (2004)

Academic Interests

  • Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx literary and cultural studies 
  • Black Feminisms and Womanisms
  • African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Critical Theory
  • Trauma, Memory, and Spirituality
  • Black Women and Documentary Film
  • Afro-Brazilian Hip Hop, Dance, Poetry and Spoken Word



Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, African American Studies, and Women's Studies at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY, and editorial board member of Women's Studies Quarterly journal, Ohmer’s research focuses on the intersection of gender, race, class and trauma in literature by Black Women from Cuba, Brazil, in comparison with US African American, Afro-Latinx and Latinx communities. Her interdisciplinary work includes trauma studies, critical ethnic studies, literary analysis and cultural studies. 

Dr. Ohmer classes teaches Literature of the Caribbean LAC/LTS 214 cross-listed with AAS, Black Feminisms AAS/WST 346 cross-listed with LTS/LAC, Black Brazil LAC/AAS 300, Who Are Afro-Latinx - a History course for the Honors College, and will soon offer Afro-Latin American Literatures for LAC/AAS.

Sarah Soanirina Ohmer received her doctorate from University of Pittsburgh in Hispanic Languages and Literature in 2012, her master's degree from University of Houston’s Modern Languages Department, and her bachelor's degree from the University of Houston in Spanish and English Linguistics. The past recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the CUNY Graduate Center for Politics, Culture and Place, FLAS, and internal grants at U Pittsburgh, U Indianapolis, and CUNY, she has published articles in the Zora Neale Hurston Forum, Confluencia, InterFACES and Evoke. 

Prior to Lehman College, Dr. Ohmer taught as an Instructor and Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Indianapolis, where she coordinated the Spanish program and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish, Modern Languages, and International Relations. 


Selected Publications

  • " 'In the beginning was Body Language' Clowning and Krump as Spiritual Healing and Resistance." Evoke: A Historical, Theoretical, and Cultural Analysis of Africana Dance and Theatre. Vol. 1 Issue, February 2019, pp. 15-30. 
  • "Jenyffer Nascimento’s Epic Poetry of Black Female Empowerment Jenyffer Nascimento: a Poesia Épica de Empoderamento da Mulher Negra" Interfaces Brasil/Canadá Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 161-75. 
  • "Cuban Underground Hip Hop: Black Thoughts, Black Revolution, Black Modernity by Tanya Saunders" 2018 Issue 22 pp. 43-46. 
  • “Brazilian Fusion Hip Hop As Social Healing And Activism? A Study On The Early Years Of Afroreggae And Grupo Cultural Afroreggae.” La Verdad: A Reader of Hip Hop Latinidades, Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press, 2017.
  • “Afro-Brazilian Women’s Anti-Naming as Recovery From Trauma in Conceição Evaristo’s ‘Eu-Mulher’ and Ponciá Vicencio” Zora Neale Hurston Special Edition on Afro-Latin America. August 2013.
  • “Gloria Anzaldúa’s Decolonizing Ritual de Conocimiento”. Confluencia, 26 (1), 2010, pp. 141-153.