- Professor of Hispanic Studies
- Chair of Hispanic Studies
- Doctorandus, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1995
- PhD, University California Davis, 1999
Sebastiaan Faber has taught at Oberlin since 1999. He is the author of Exile and Cultural Hegemony: Spanish Intellectuals in Mexico, 1939-1975 (Vanderbilt University Press, 2002), Anglo-American Hispanists and the Spanish Civil War: Hispanophilia, Commitment, and Discipline (Palgrave, 2008), and Memory Battles of the Spanish Civil War: History, Fiction, Photography (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018). He is coeditor of Contra el olvido. El exilio expañol en Estados Unidos (U de Alcalá, 2009).
From 2010 until 2015, he served as the chair of the Board of Governors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA). He is coeditor of ALBA's quarterly magazine The Volunteer and regularly contributes to Spanish and U.S. media, including CTXT: Contexto y Acción , La Marea , FronteraD , and the Nation .
Sebastiaan Faber Interviewed on PodcastFebruary 28, 2019
Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber participated in a segment on University of Pennsylvania's Knowledge@Wharton podcast.
Sebastiaan Faber InterviewedFebruary 27, 2019
Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber was interviewed on the Real News Network about Spain's struggle for its identity as Catalan independence leaders face trial.
Sebastiaan Faber Writes About Spain’s Left-Wing PartyFebruary 11, 2019
Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber wrote about Spain’s left-wing party Podemos in the Nation.
Sebastiaan Faber PublishesJanuary 14, 2019
Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber's piece about Spain's radical right was published in the Nation.
Sebastiaan Faber Writes Story on Francisco FrancoNovember 13, 2018
Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber's piece about General Francisco Franco titled "Spain Digs Up Its Past" was published in Foreign Affairs.
Sebastiaan Faber Publishes, is InterviewedOctober 10, 2018
Sebastiaan Faber, professor and chair of Hispanic Studies, published an article about Amsterdam's new city government in the Nation magazine on October 2. On October 3, together with Gijs Mulder, he published an interview with the Catalan president-in-exile, Carles Puigdemont, in the Spanish Revista Contexto. On September 29, Faber was interviewed on the KPFA evening news (Berkeley, CA) about the escalating situation in Catalonia. He was also interviewed for the October issue of the monthly magazine La Marea about an investigative piece that revealed irregularities in the Ph.D thesis by Spain's prime minister, Pedro Sánchez--a topic that dominated Spanish national news in September.
Sebastiaan Faber Co-authorsJune 1, 2018
Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies, co-authored an article in the Nation about governmental developments in Spain. Read the article, “As Spain’s Government Is Voted Out, Catalonia Continues Its Roller-Coaster Ride.”
Sebastiaan Faber Writes FeatureApril 16, 2018
Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies, wrote a feature piece in the Nation, “Is Dutch Bad Boy Thierry Baudet the New Face of the European Alt-Right?”
Sebastiaan Faber Writes Book on the Spanish Civil WarDecember 13, 2017
Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber wrote Memory Battles of the Spanish Civil War: History, Fiction, Photography, published by Vanderbilt University Press.
The book traces the trajectories of iconic Spanish Civil War photographs by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and David Seymour; critically reads Spanish novels and essays; interrogates basic scholarly assumptions about history, memory, and literature; and interviews nine scholars, activists, and documentarians who have helped redefine Spain's relationship to its past.
Sebastiaan Faber Co-authors ArticleDecember 5, 2017
Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber has co-authored an article in the Nation about political corruption in Spain. Read the article, "Spain's Conflict Over Catalonia is Covering Up Massive Political Corruption."
Sebastiaan Faber Interviewed Widely About CataloniaOctober 6, 2017
Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies, was widely interviewed and quoted about the escalating situation in the Catalonian region of Spain. He co-authored an article in the Nation and was quoted in both the Washington Post and Bill Moyers' Daily Reads. Faber appeared on Democracy Now!, both in television and web features, Real News Network, Free Speech TV's Rising Up with Sonali , and on KPFT's Hi Monitor. He was also interviewed in Slate.
Sebastiaan Faber Publishes in the NationSeptember 29, 2017
Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies, co-authored a piece about Catalonia's relationship with Spain for the Nation, "Have Spain and Catalonia Reached a Point of No Return?"
Sebastiaan Faber Publishes ArticleFebruary 24, 2017
Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies, has written an article "Why the Dutch Are Drawn to Right-Wing Populist Geert Wilders." The article was published in The Nation.
Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastian Faber publishes articlesAugust 17, 2016
Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber has co-authored an article on Barcelona’s new city government for an ongoing series in The Nation called “Cities Rising.” He also has a review essay on Adam Hochschild’s new book in the current issue of Foreign Affairs. Earlier this year, he co-authored several articles in The Nation on Spanish politics, while regularly publishing pieces in the Spanish magazines FronteraD, La Marea, and Contexto.
Sebastiaan Faber Co-Authors Two ArticlesSeptember 24, 2015
Two articles coauthored by Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies and chair of Latin American studies, and Bécquer Seguín were recently published in the Nation.
Sebastiaan Faber Coauthors ArticleJuly 30, 2015
An article coauthored by Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies and chair of Latin American studies, and Bécquer Seguín was published in the Nation. Read the article, “Why the Spanish Government Opposes Debt Relief for Greece”.
Sebastiaan Faber PublishesMay 27, 2015
An article co-authored by Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies and chair of Latin American studies, and Bécquer Seguín was published in the Nation. The article, "In Spain’s Seismic Elections, ‘It’s the Victory of David Over Goliath’," discusses the shift in Spain's local and regional elections, which have changed the country's political landscape beyond recognition.
Sebastiaan Faber Publishes in The NationJanuary 15, 2015
An article co-authored by Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies and chair of Latin American studies, and Bécquer Seguín was published in the Nation. The article, "Can Podemos Win in Spain," explores the ascension of Podemos, a political party in Spain founded just one year ago. The Nation subscribers can read the article here.
Sebastiaan Faber Gives Talks and Presents Human Rights AwardMay 7, 2014
This past April 27, in New York City, Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber presented the fourth Annual ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism, a $100,000 prize, to Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative. Earlier in April, Prof. Faber delivered keynote addresses at CUNY’s Annual Graduate Conference for Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures & Languages, and at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in Lexington.
Sebastiaan Faber Presents and PublishesFebruary 12, 2014
Since the beginning of the fall semester, Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber has published an essay about the crisis of the humanities in the Spanish magazine FronteraD; an interview with National Security Archive analyst Kate Doyle and two columns in the Spanish cooperative newspaper La Marea; an essay about Catalan exiles in Mexico in the journal Fractal; a review essay in the journal ALCESXXI; and two peer-reviewed articles: one on the legacy of Spanish Civil War exile in Mexico in Historia del Presente and another on postmemory in Pasavento. He also gave a keynote address in November at a conference in Madrid about fiction, justice, and historical memory. Earlier in 2013, he published an interview with LSE historian Paul Preston. The new edition of Guillermo del Toro’s 2001 gothic masterpiece The Devil’s Backbone that came out with the Criterion Collection this past July includes an interview with Faber in a 15-minute featurette about the film’s historical background; he was also interviewed in a documentary about war photographer Robert Capa, El món en què volíem viure (The World in Which We Want to Live), which was broadcast on Catalan television on January 14.