1 November to 15 December 2023
Kevin J.A. Thomas is a Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Sociology and Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. His research focuses on international migration, global health, racial and ethnic inequality, children and families, and development and social change in Africa. Dr. Thomas is the author of several peer-reviewed articles as well as the following 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).