Professor Sarah Colvin

University Positions
Schröder Professor of German
University Gender Equality Champion
Specialising in
Specialising in German literature and culture

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

Academic interests

Sarah Colvin's academic interests include: 

  • Cultural production and social justice
  • Literary aesthetics and the political novel
  • Critical race theory
  • Epistemic injustice
  • Narrative theory and narrative ethics; narrative criminology
  • Prisoner writing and arts in prisons.

Degrees obtained

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

Awards and prizes

  • Senior Prize Fellowship, Bayreuth Humboldt Centre, 2020-21
  • 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 Universities of Oxford and Hamburg. She was a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford; a Humboldt Fellow at Potsdam University; Lecturer, Reader, and Eudo C. Mason Professor of German at the University of Edinburgh, and she held chairs at the universities of Birmingham and Warwick before becoming Schröder Professor of German at Cambridge in 2014.

Sarah leads the research group Cultural Production and Social Justice with Dr Stephanie Galasso and Dr Tara Talwar Windsor, and co-convenes the related projects “Fictions of the Rechtsstaat”, a collaboration with the LMU Munich, and “Towards a Politics of Fiction” with the University of Bayreuth (Dr Kyung-Ho Cha).

She is an Advisory Group member for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance.

PhD supervision

Recent PhD supervisions have been on the politics of women’s friendship; public intellectuals and political violence; citizenship and the novel; conflict and normalization in German literature; women and leadership; politics and theatre; prison writing by women; and Herta Müller.

Other interests

Cultural production and social justice.

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