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Deborah A. Thomas, Associate Professor
Deborah Thomas, Ph.D. New York University 2000, is a Caribbeanist whose research focuses on the changing relationships among the political and cultural dimensions of nationalism, globalization, and popular culture. She is interested in the ways a changing global political economy structures and restructures the ways people of African descent think about, experience, represent, and mobilize around racial, class, national, gender, and generational identities. Her book, Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Politics of Culture in Jamaica, was published by Duke University Press in November 2004. Dr. Thomas is currently working on a new project focusing on a contract labor program, developed by the Jamaican Ministry of Labour, that sponsors the seasonal migration of Jamaican women for work in hotels throughout the United States. Prior to her life as an academic, she was a professional dancer with the New York-based Urban Bush Women. She has also been a Program Director with the National Council for Research on Women, an international working alliance of women’s research and policy centers whose mission is to enhance the connections among research, policy analysis, advocacy, and innovative programming on behalf of women and girls.
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