Sarah Werner Boada

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Sarah's doctoral thesis (2021) analyses Antigypsyism in the Spanish state's response to Intimate Partner Violence through the prism of Critical Race Theory. Based on qualitative research (ethnographic work, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups) conducted in Madrid, this thesis unfolds the ways in which Spain's internationally acclaimed legal and policy framework paradoxically produces violence against women from the Kalé minority - the main Romani group on the Iberian Peninsula. Her research interests include Violence against Women, Antigypsyism, Critical Race Feminism, Critical Childhood studies, Motherhood studies, decolonial feminism, and inequalities under neoliberal governance.

Prior to her PhD at the Central European University, she was working on violence against women legislation at an international NGO, in collaboration with various intergovernmental and umbrella organisations, including UN Women and the Council of Europe. She joined the doctoral programme in Comparative Gender Studies in September 2015.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (hons) in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin as well as a Master's degree in Political Sociology and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Her Master's dissertation, supervised by Prof. Sophie Jacquot, dealt with the conflictual problematisation of “domestic violence” during the Istanbul Convention negotiations (Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, 2011).

Sarah's mother tongue is French, but she is also fluent in English, Spanish and German, and has notions of Romanian.


Werner Boada, Sarah. 2021. "¿Endulzando el antigitanismo? Formas sutiles de disciplinar a los romaníes en los servicios de asistencia social españoles", in Cortés, Ismael, Patricia Caro, and Markus End (eds) Antigitanismo: Trece miradas, Traficantes de Sueños. Open access:
Werner Boada, Sarah. 2020. “They’re Saying That to Us?”. Critical Romani Studies, Vol. 2 No. 1. Open access:
Werner Boada, Sarah. 2019. “Sugar-coating Antigypsyism? The Subtle Forms of Disciplining Roma in Spanish Welfare Services”. In Cortés, Ismael and Markus End. (eds) Dimensions of Antigypsyism in Europe. ENAR and Central Council for Sinti and Roma. Open access:
Maya, Patricia Caro and Sarah Werner Boada. 2018. “Kalí NGOs and the Spanish Model: A Resistant or Complacent Framework?”, in Kóczé, Angéla, Jelena Jovanovic, Enikö Vincze and Violeta Zentai (eds) A Reflexive History of the Romani Women’s Movement: Struggles and Debates in Central and Eastern Europe, Routledge.
“Ending Violence against Women and Girls: The World's Best Laws and Policies”, October 2014, co-authored with Karin Heisecke for the World Future Council, in partnership with UN Women and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. (Non-academic)

Organised conferences:
"Penser et lutter contre l’antitsiganisme : perspectives franco-espagnoles" (FR/ESP), co-organised with Prof. Hourya Bentouhami, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès 2. 11 December 2020. Full recording in French:


Master's degree in Political Sociology and Public Policy, Sciences Po Paris, France (2013)
B.A. (Hons) in European Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2011)