My PhD thesis explores social conflict, intra-community violence and accusatory practices before, during and after the Spanish Civil War in Madrid. It focuses on concierges and their relationship with public order from the late nineteenth century to the nineteen forties. My research relies on a wide range of sources, including court, police and administrative records, memoirs and the press to address some of the most heated debates around political violence in Spain's traumatic past and European dictatorships. My previous work dealt with punitive institutions in post-war Madrid (MA dissertation) and non-political prisoners' movements in the Spanish Transition (degree dissertation).
Twentieth century Spain, Political, cultural and structural violence, Social attitudes towards dictatorships and popular opinion, The history of punitive institutions, Microhistory, Urban history, Power, resistance and subaltern classes.
Dr Stephen Roberts and Dr Gareth Stockey
Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies:
Primary Funding Source
Grants and awards
- 2010-2011: Sique-Séneca Studentship at the University of Granada (1 year)
- 2012: MA Studentship at the University of Valencia (4 months).
- 2014-2017. PhD Scholarship: Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (European Union). University of Nottingham.
- March 2015. Research trip funding awarded by the School of Cultures Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham (PG Research Fund).
- August-November 2015. Erasmus doctoral stay at the Complutense University of Madrid.
- April 2016. Research trip funding awarded by the School of Cultures Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham (PG Research Fund).
- 2006-2011: Complutense University of Madrid: BA History.
- 2011-2012: Complutense University of Madrid and University of Valencia: MA Contemporary History.
- September-December 2016: Santiago, Chile (612352. MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES). European Commission)
- August-October 2015: Complutense University of Madrid (Erasmus)
- July 2015: Córdoba, Argentina (612352. MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES). European Commission)
- Maria Thomas, La fe y la furia: violencia anticlerical popular e iconoclastia en España, 1931-1936, Granada, Comares, 2014
- Maria Thomas: '"La civilización que se está forjando entre el tronar de los cañones": violencia anticlerical y reconfiguración social: julio-diciembre 1936' in Peter Anderson and Miguel Ángel del Arco Blanco (eds.), Lidiando con el pasado. Represión y memoria de la Guerra Civil y el franquismo, Granada, Comares, 2014.
Organization of academic events:
- Coordinator alongside other researchers of the International Conference 'Posguerras. 75 aniversario del final de la Guerra Civil Española', Faculty of Geography and History, Complutense University of Madrid, 3-5 April, 2014
- Coordinator together with Alejandro Pérez-Olivares of the 15-hour Seminar 'Modelo o mito? Repensando la Transición', as part of the activities of the Seminario Complutense Historia, Cultura y Memoria, Faculty of Geography and History, Complutense University of Madrid, February-March 2013
- Member of de Scientific Committee of the exhibition 'Sombras de guerra. La represión franquista en España (1936-1950)', within the Science Week, Faculty of Geography and History, Complutense University of Madrid. November 2012
- Member of the Scientific Committee of the exhibition 'Paisaje después de la batalla: Madrid en la Posguerra, 1939-1950', within the Science Week, Faculty of Geography and History, Complutense University of Madrid. November 2011