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Sarah E. Thomas

Associate Director, The Lemon Project

Email: [[setho2]]
Phone: 757-221-1724
Office: James Blair Hall 313
Service: Co-Chair, William & Mary Women's Network; Member, DEI Advisory Committee
Thematic Areas of Research : American South, Material Culture, Architectural History, Public History


B.A., William & Mary
M. ARCH.,  University of Virginia School of Architecture
M.A., William & Mary
Ph.D., William & Mary


Sarah Thomas, a native of Front Royal, earned her doctorate in history from William & Mary. She also holds an MA in architectural history from the University of Virginia. She specializes in early American material culture and slavery and its legacies. She was The Lemon Project Fellow from 2016-2018 and has worked full-time for The Lemon Project since 2018. She serves as co-chair of the William & Mary's Women's Network and is a member of the Staff Assembly (2020-2022).

She held the Andrew W. Mellon curatorial internship at Colonial Williamsburg in summer 2018 and worked as an architectural historian with Colonial Williamsburg’s Robert Carter House's "Building Detectives" program for several years. She has also worked at Monticello, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and Historic Annapolis and has held fellowships from the Virginia Historical Society, Winterthur Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, the Society for American Period Furniture Makers, the Decorative Arts Trust, and the Early American Industries Association. She published articles in The Chronicle and American Period Furniture.  In her spare time, she stitches and designs modern needlework projects.