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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, Womanisms, Decolonial Anti-Racist Gender & Sexuality Studies 
  • African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • 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 and Gender Studies
  • Editorial board member of Women's Studies Quarterly Journal and Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
  • Dr. 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 spirituality and trauma, critical ethnic studies, literary analysis, and cultural studies.
  • Dr. Ohmer teaches LAC/LTS 214 Literature of the Caribbean (cross-listed with AAS), AAS/WST 346 Black Feminisms (cross-listed with LTS/LAC), LAC/AAS 300 Black Brazil LAC/AAS 300, LSP 353 Who Are Afro-Latinx? (a course for the Honors College), and MLS 702 Humanities for the People of Color by the People of Color, and will soon offer Afro-Latin American Literatures for LAC/AAS. She is collaborating in the Digital Humanities project the Audre Lorde Great Read, and offers interpreting (Portuguese, Spanish, English) for international events such as Black Cuir Revolutions, and Radical Poetics.
  • The recipient of two U.S. Fulbright Fellowships (Colombia, 2020-2021, and Brazil, 2014-15), a CUNY Graduate Center for Politics, Culture, and Place Fellowship, a FLAS Fellowship, and internal grants at U Pittsburgh, U Indianapolis, and CUNY, Dr. Ohmer has published articles in the Journal of International Women's StudiesPALARAConfluenciaInterFACESEvoke and the Zora Neale Hurston Forum.
  • Dr. Ohmer’s current research is supported by a Fulbright to Cali, Colombia, with the Center for African Diaspora Studies at ICESI University and Chontaduro Cultural House, and the PSC CUNY Enhanced Award. 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 (available for download at CUNY Commons and CUNY Academic Works)