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Sarah Blanton

Ph.D. Student

At UNC since 2020
Advised by Professor Juan Carlos González Espitia
Dey Hall 213


M.A., Romance Studies (Spanish), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, summa cum laude, SUNY Buffalo State University

About Sarah

Sarah Blanton is a PhD student whose research is steeped in questions of transnational migration, labor, and food production.

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Sarah worked as an upper school Spanish teacher, language editor, bookseller, curatorial assistant, and interpreter. She is inspired by community-based-learning and project-based-learning approaches as a teacher, and she greatly enjoys getting to know her students and collaborating with colleagues. She has studied and conducted research in Spain and the Philippines and has taken students to Argentina, Spain, and Ireland as an instructor and coordinator.

In addition to her academic pursuits, she is also cofounder and co-coordinator of the Carolina Translation Collective, a group dedicated to creating a space for translators that meets monthly to discuss readings, host invited speakers, and workshop translations. Anyone interested in the theory and practice of translation, regardless of experience or language, is welcome to email to learn more.

When she’s not reading, you can find her weeding the garden, hiking with her husband and German Shepherd, and occasionally playing music on the porch.



“Forest Witnesses” by Victoria Buitron, Southwest Review, vol. 107.3, 2022, 93–95

"The Bad Poem" by Manuel Gahete, International Poetry Review, vol. 44, 2021, 60-63.


Interview with Victor Canales Gamiño, 17 April 2020, R-0994, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Book Reviews

Drug Lords, Cowboys, and Desperadoes: Violent Myths of the U.S.-Mexico Frontier by Rafael Acosta Morales. Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos vol. 39.1, Spring 2023: 173-175.

Barrio Harmonics: Essays on Chicano/Latino Music by Steven Joseph Loza. Chiricú, Spring 2021.

Typical Courses Taught

SPAN 329: Spanish for Professional and Community Engagement

SPAN 321: Spanish for the Medical Professions

SPAN 261: Advanced Spanish in Context

SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 105: Spanish for High Beginners

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I