Kaitlin E. Thomas has taught at Norwich since January 2015. She completed her PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of Birmingham (U.K.).
She holds a BA in Hispanic Studies from Washington College and an MA in Latin American & Spanish Language & Literature from New York University (Madrid). Her doctoral dissertation is titled Améxica: De México, por la frontera y al norte: Exploring the Axis of 21st Century Mexicano and Estadounidense Identities through Contemporary Story, Song, and Public Rhetoric.
Thomas has also completed non-degree 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, medieval Spanish literature, and the special topics class U.S. Latinos and the Border, Music and Politics in Latin America, and contemporary Cuba. Her research focuses on contemporary Latino and Latina cultural production—including literature, photography, music, memes, and political cartoons; U.S./Latino border, diaspora, and migration studies; and beginning, intermediate, and advanced Spanish language.
Thomas was the founding organizer and chapter advisor of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honors Fraternity at Norwich and also serves as an Instructor of Spanish for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, an online education program for gifted secondary school students. Her academic research, journalism, and op-ed writing has appeared in the Delaware Review of Latin American Studies, Global Learning, The Baltimore Sun, Sounding Board, and Latin American and LatinX Visual Culture, among other outlets (her list of publications can be found here).