Dr Maria Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic/Latin America


Extension: 4577

Telephone: 01392 724577

My research interests lie in political violence, and my most recent published research is on anticlericalism, political mobilisation and revolutionary violence in 1930s Spain. My doctoral thesis, which I completed in the History Department of Royal Holloway University of London in 2012, explored the motives and collective identities which underpinned anticlerical violence and iconoclasm during the Spanish Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War. It was published as a book, ‘The Faith and the Fury: Popular Anticlerical Violence and Iconoclasm in Spain, 1931-1936’, in 2012 by Sussex Academic Press.

My teaching interests currently focus on twentieth-century Spanish history and society. I convene the level-one module ‘Spain since the Transition: Society, Politics and Culture’ (MLS1023) and the level-two module ‘Spain from Democracy to Dictatorship: Republic, Civil War and Francoism, 1931 – 1953’ (MLS2067). I co-teach the level-one module 'Introduction to the Hispanic World' (MLS1064). I also teach on the level-one Spanish language module MLS1001.