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  • Professor of Hispanic Studies
  • Chair of Hispanic Studies
  • Peters Hall 404
  • 440-775-8189
  • 1:30–2:30 p.m., Tuesday; 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday; 10–11 a.m., Friday; and by appointment


  • 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 .

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  • Sebastiaan Faber Writes Story on Francisco Franco

    November 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 Interviewed

    October 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 Writes Book on the Spanish Civil War

    December 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 Interviewed Widely About Catalonia

    October 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.

  • Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastian Faber publishes articles

    August 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 Publishes

    May 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 Nation

    January 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 Award

    May 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 Publishes

    February 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 inPasavento. 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.


2014-2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards Winners

February 19, 2016
Six faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music received the Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2014-2015 academic year. The recipients were Associate Professor of Mathematics Jack Calcut; Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber; Professor of Piano James Howsmon; Director of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles, Associate Professor of Conducting, and Director of the Oberlin Orchestra Raphael Jiménez; Professor of Comparative American Studies Gina Pérez; and Associate Professor of Jazz Studies Daniel Wall.