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Sarah E. Thomas

Associate Director, The Lemon Project

Email: [[setho2]]
Office: James Blair Hall 313
Service: Co-Chair, William & Mary Women's Network; Member, The Collective
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 (2020-present) and was a member of the Staff Assembly (2020-2022).

Since August 2022, she has served as the editor of The Chronicle of the Early American Industries AssociationShe 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 co-authored a chapter in The Routledge Companion to Public Humanities Scholarship (2024) and has published articles in The Chronicle and American Period Furniture.