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Kevin J.A. Thomas

Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies, Penn State

Kevin J.A. Thomas is a Professor of Sociology, Demography and African Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Global and International Studies program and Population Research Institute of Penn State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Demography from 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. Thomas’s research focuses on international migration, racial and ethnic inequality, children and families, as well as population and development in Africa. His work on these issues has appeared in journals including Demography, International Migration Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Social Science Research. Dr Thomas is also 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).


  • –present
    Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies, Pennsylvania State University


  • 2004 
    University of Pennsylvania, Demography