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Kaitlin E. Thomas

  • Assistant Professor


Kaitlin E. Thomas completed her doctorate in Hispanic studies at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic studies from Washington College and an Master of Arts in Latin American and Spanish language and literature from New York University (Madrid). 

Thomas has also completed nondegree studies with the Council of International Education Exchange in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Sevilla, Spain: the Centro Panoamericano de Idiomas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica; the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid, Spain, and the Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” in La Libertad, El Salvador.

At Norwich, she teaches the courses Spanish I and II, Intermediate Spanish I and II, Advanced Spanish I and II, Hispanic Literature, the special topics classes U.S. Latinas/os and the Border, Music and Politics in Latin America, Contemporary Cuba, and La Hashtag nation. 

Her research delves into U.S. and Latina/o identities that are resulting from trans-border cultural and national fusion, undocumented Latina/o immigration, and contemporary Mexico. She is interested in intersections between social media and cultural iconography as well as exploring music as a site for resistance.

Dr. Thomas was the founding organizer and chapter advisor of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honors Fraternity at Norwich. She was named a faculty fellow for the Center for Global Resilience and Security in 2020. Her academic research, journalism, and op-ed writing has appeared in the Delaware Review of Latin American Studies, Global Learning, The Baltimore Sun, Ethnomusicology Review, and Public Radio International, among other outlets (a CV and complete list of publications is here).