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Professor Sarah Colvin

Schröder Professor of German
German and Dutch

Sarah Colvin is the Schröder Professor of German and a Fellow of Jesus College.

Academic interests

Sarah Colvin's academic interests include: 

  • Narratives and narrative ethics
  • Literature, gender, and culture
  • Prisoner writing and arts in prisons
  • Political violence
  • Narrative criminology
  • Cross disciplinary research methods.

Degrees obtained

  • BA, Oxford.
  • MA, Oxford.
  • DPhil, Oxford.

Awards and prizes

  • Leverhulme Research Fellow, 2007-8.
  • Humboldt Fellow, 2000-2001.
  • Senior Scholar, Christ Church, Oxford, 1992-95.
  • Hanseatic Scholar, 1990-92.
  • Heath Harrison Scholar, 1987.
  • Stevenson Scholar, Exeter College, Oxford, 1986-90.


Sarah Colvin studied German language and literature at the University of Oxford.

She was a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford, a Humboldt Fellow at Potsdam University, a Lecturer, Reader, and Eudo C. Mason Chair of German at the University of Edinburgh, and held chairs at the universities of Birmingham and Warwick before becoming Schröder Professor of German at Cambridge in 2014.

She is President of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland (AGS) and a steering committee member for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA).

She is currently leading a research project on left and right wing political violence in Germany after 1968 called Reading Violent Politics, and completing a book on German prisoner writing.

Recent PhD supervision has been on prison writing by women, on Herta Müller, on women and leadership, and on citizenship and the novel.

Other interests

The arts in society, theories of leadership.

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