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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: 

  • Critical race theory
  • Epistemic injustice
  • Literature, gender, “race” and culture
  • Narrative theory and narrative ethics; narrative criminology
  • Prisoner writing and arts in prisons
  • Cross disciplinary research methods.

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 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 a steering committee member for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and holds a Senior Prize Fellowship at the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre where she is collaborating with Dr Kyung-Ho Cha on the project Towards a Politics of Fiction

Sarah also leads the research group Cultural Production and Social Justice with Dr Stephanie Galasso and co-convens the related project “Fictions of the Rechtsstaat”, a collaboration with the LMU Munich.

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

Other interests

The arts in society, theories of leadership.

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