Sarah Soanirina Ohmer

Polyglot, Black Feminist, womanist, literary critic focusing on trauma, healing, and spirituality, fluent in French Spanish Portuguese and English.

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.

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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
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Post-Doctorate Fulbright Fellow (2014-15)Center for Human Rights and Discrimination*Non-CUNY
  • Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Spanish (2011-15Modern Languages*Non-CUNY
  • Assistant Professor (2015-Current)Africana StudiesLehman College
  • Assistant Professor (2015-Current)Latin American and Latino StudiesLehman College

…in comparison with US African American, Afro-Latinx and Latinx communities. My interdisciplinary work includes trauma studies, critical ethnic studies, literary analysis and cultural studies. I am a 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. I published articles (available below) in the Zora Neale Hurston Forum, Confluencia, and InterFACES. I first taught as an Instructor and Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Indianapolis, where I coordinated the Spanish program and taught undergraduate and graduate courses.


I have a doctorate from University of Pittsburgh in Hispanic Languages and Literature (2012), a master’s degree from University of Houston’s Modern Languages Department, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in Spanish and English Linguistics.