Ted Thornhill received his PhD in sociology from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and is currently an assistant professor of sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to that he was an associate professor of sociology and African American studies at Earlham College and an assistant professor of sociology and race and ethnic studies at St. Olaf College.
Thornhill teaches courses on the sociology of African Americans, social class inequality, sociology of race and racism, race and law enforcement, and introduction to sociology. He has also taught several theory and research methods courses. His research and writing examines how color-blind ideology and institutional policies and practices promote racial inequality, particularly in K–12 and higher education, the labor market, and the criminal courts.