African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Kevin J.A. Thomas


ProfessorPh.D., University of Pennsylvania

Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies
Kevin J.A. Thomas

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Biography


Kevin J.A. Thomas is Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his Ph.D. in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania and has a Masters degree from the same institution. After completing his doctoral work, he served as a post-doctoral fellow at both the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and the Harvard Initiative for Global Health. Dr. Thomas was also a faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on international migration, global health, racial and ethnic inequality, children and families, as well as development and social change in Africa. Dr. Thomas has received several awards including the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, the Ray Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social Sciences of the Pennsylvania State University, and the Outstanding Book Award of the American Sociological Association’s Peace, War, and Social Conflict section. Dr Thomas is the author of three books - Diverse Pathways: Race and the Socioeconomic Incorporation of Black, White, and Arab-origin Africans in the US (Michigan State University Press); Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq: Sierra Leonean Labor Migrants at US military bases (McGill-Queen’s University Press), and Global Epidemics, Local Implications: African Immigrants and the Ebola crisis in Dallas (Johns Hopkins University Press).

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AFR 370 • Race And Us Social Policy

31080 • Spring 2022
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GEA 127
CD

Description:

In this course we will examine how and why the dynamics of social and economic inequality among racial groups influence almost every aspect of life in the US. Part of this will involve examining debates critical for understanding the creation and persistence of these inequalities. Specific attention will be given to the question of how policy decisions contribute to inequality among racial and ethnic groups, and the extent to which ameliorative social policies have been successful in bridging inequality among these groups. Finally, the course will delineate the impacts of the unequal access to opportunity and resources on the perpetuation of poverty and disadvantage among minority groups, as well as the possible pathways available for redressing these consequences.

 

Readings:

  • Mann, Robert, Shaun L. Gabbidon, Jackelyn Hwang, Elizabeth Roberto, Jacob S. Rugh, Srivi Ramasubramian, Holley A. Wilkin et al. How Public Policy Impacts Racial Inequality. LSU Press, 2019.
  • Massey, Douglas S. Categorically unequal: The American stratification system. Russell Sage Foundation, 2007.

AFR 304 • Intro To The Study Of Africa

31350 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 3.116
GC

This course is an introduction to African Studies, which reflects the social, cultural, political and economic diversity of the African continent. You will become familiar with a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and approaches to the study of historical and contemporary Africa. It will engage the disciplines of history, economies, cultural studies, gender studies, and religious studies. It strives to provide a foundation to the study of Africa whether it be global health or economic strategy.

AFR 370 • Race And Social Policy-Wb

31195 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM
Internet; Synchronous
CD

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AFR 304 • Intro To The Study Of Africa

29980 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 0.102
GC

This course is an introduction to African Studies, which reflects the social, cultural, political and economic diversity of the African continent. You will become familiar with a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and approaches to the study of historical and contemporary Africa. It will engage the disciplines of history, economies, cultural studies, gender studies, and religious studies. It strives to provide a foundation to the study of Africa whether it be global health or economic strategy.

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