Dr Maria Thomas

Biography

I studied for my BA degree in History and English Literature at Cardiff University (2001-2004). In 2006 I completed an MA degree in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. My doctoral thesis, which I completed at Royal Holloway University of London (2008-2012), explored the mentalities, motives and collective identities which underlay acts of anticlerical violence and iconoclasm during the Spanish Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War. I developed my thesis into a book, ‘The Faith and the Fury: Popular Anticlerical Violence and Iconoclasm in Spain, 1931-1936’, which was published in 2012 by Sussex Academic Press. I have also published several journal articles about anticlericalism, secularisation, political mobilisation and revolutionary violence in 1930s Spain. Between 2012 and 2013 I held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Nottingham, where I coordinated the AHRC-funded ‘Women and Independence in Latin America’ project about women’s involvement in the nineteenth-century Latin American Wars of Independence (directed by Professor Catherine Davies). I joined the Department of Modern Languages at Exeter in September 2013.