BA University of Florida, 2009
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
Sarah McNamara’s research interests include Latina/o, women’s and gender, immigration and migration, and oral history. Her dissertation, “From Picket Lines to Picket Fences: Latinas and the Remaking of the Jim Crow South,” traces the transformation of Latina/o politics and culture between the Great Depression and the civil rights movement in Florida. By exploring the global south through the lens of gender, her project examines the choices immigrant Cuban and later American-born Latinas made to achieve political representation and social justice for themselves and their community. This project has received support from the American Historical Association Albert J. Beveridge Grant, the Institute for the Study of the Americas Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, the Tulane Center for the Gulf South, and the Patrick Riordan Prize from the University of South Florida among others.
In 2015, McNamara received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association as part of the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” Initiative.This project, inspired by her dissertation, is a cutting edge oral history, digital history, and public history project. As the grant author and project director, she manages this multidimensional research and outreach project to collect the oral histories of Latina/o communities in Florida and expand the popular conversation of Latina/o history. McNamara has also contributed to oral history projects through her work as a field scholar for the Southern Oral History Program at UNC.