Dawna Thomas

  • Sociology
  • Women’s and Gender Studies


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About Me

Dawna Marie Thomas, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Departments at Simmons University. She received a Ph.D. from the Law, Policy and Society Program at Northeastern University where her doctoral research examined the intersection of disability and race through the lens of the Cape Verdean community. Dr. Thomas was born in and grew up in Roxbury, where she still lives.

What I Teach

Joint appointed in Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, Dr. Thomas teaches a cross section of courses: 

  • WGST 100 Introduction to Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies
  • AST 210 Sisters of the African Diaspora
  • WGST 211 Gender and Society
  • AST/SOCI/WGST 232 Race, Gender and Health
  • AST/SOCI/WGST 365, WGST 565 Intimate Family Violence: A Multicultural Perspective

Research/Creative Activities

Dr. Thomas’ research interests include the intersection of disability, gender, race, ethnicity, and class. Her research spans the fields of healthcare policy, disability policy, community-based research, and grassroots coalition building. Her latest study The Cape Verdean Women’s Project includes four generations of women from 18-80 years of age where she explores their experiences with family life, marriage, domestic violence, healthcare and disability, and concepts of the womanhood. She has authored several publications in reference to: cultural competency in healthcare, education, and disability policy.