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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: B.A., University of Houston; M.A., University of Houston, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Academic Interests

  • Latin American literary and cultural studies 
  • Black Feminism and Womanism
  • Critical theory
  • Trauma and Memory
  • Spirituality and Healing


Sarah Ohmer is one of 4 CUNY Faculty accepted into the Graduate Center's Culture Place and Politics Faculty Fellowship for 2017-18 and this year, she joined the Editorial Board of the Women's Studies Quarterly Editorial Board.

This fall, Dr. Ohmer will participate in the Association of Studies in World African Diaspora Biennial International Conference in Sevilla, Spain, and on the "Authors Meet Critics" Panel at the National Women's Studies Association in Baltimore, on Dr Tanya Saunders' Cuban Underground Hip Hop: Black Thoughts, Black Revolution, Black Modernity (U Texas Press, 2015).

Professor Ohmer’s research has focused on the intersection of gender, race and trauma in literature by Black Women from Cuba, Brazil, and the US African American and Latino women. Her interdisciplinary work includes trauma studies, critical ethnic studies, literary analysis and cultural studies. Prof Ohmer received a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue research in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Black women writers, the Brazilian Black movement, and healing trauma via literature in Sao Paulo. Ohmer taught at the University of Indianapolis for three years, where she served as Coordinator of the Spanish program and taught undergraduate and graduate courses.

Sarah Ohmer received a PSC CUNY Traditional A Grant for 2017-18, and a PSC-CUNY Traditional A Grant for 2016-17, and participated in the the CUNY-wide Faculty Fellow Publication Program in Spring 2017.

Selected Publications

  • “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, 141-153.