Gail E. Thomas

Gail E. Thomas, PhD

Faculty - Emeriti
gail thomas
Professor Emerita of Sociology

Thomas joined Soka University in 1998. She is editor of three books and has published widely in sociological and educational journals. She is recipient of numerous awards for her work.

  • PhD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
  • MA, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • BS, A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Problems
  • Sociology of Education
  • Core: Enduring Questions
  • Democratic Education
  • Learning Cluster:
    • Exploring and Creating Alternative Schools
  • Assessing Quality Educational Alternatives to Traditional Public Schools
  • Race and Gender Differences in Education and Employment in Higher Education
  • Global Social Inequality
  • “Alternative Theories, Pedagogy and Education for Fostering Creativity in a Diverse World. Open Journal of Social Sciences, (2016) in SciRes. 
  • “Social, Contextual and Psychological Correlates of Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use by College and Non-College Attending Youth.” with Stephanie Kimura (2014) International Journal for Innovative Education and Research
  • "Black Colleges and Universities in America and South Africa," in C.Brown et. al. Black Colleges in America, West view Pubs., 2004
  • "Black Colleges and College Choice," The Review of Higher Education, Vol. 23, 2002
  • "The Role and Activities of Graduate Schools in Recruiting and Retaining Black and Hispanic Students, GRE Report # 87-08," Educational Testing Service, 2000
  • "The Sociology and Psychology of Enhancing the Success of Women and Minorities in Higher Education," South African Journal of Higher Education, 1998
  • "The Challenge of Race and Gender Relations in America," Journal for the Institute for Development Planning and Research, 1997
  • "Race Relations and Campus Climate," In C.Herrings (ed.) African Americans and the Public Agenda, Sage, 1996
  • Meeting the Challenges of Race Relations in America 90s and Beyond, Taylor- Francis, 1995
  • "Participation and Degree Attainment of Black and Hispanic Students in Graduate Education," Harvard Education Review, 1992
  • U.S. Race Relations in the 80s and 90s, Taylor-Francis Pubs. 1990
  • Black Students in Higher Education, Greenwood Press.1981
  • 1998-present, Professor, SUA
  • 1986-1998, Professor of Sociology, Texas A& M University
  • 1993-1994, Visiting Professor, Harvard University School of Education
  • 1991-1996, Director Race &Ethnic Studies Research Institute, Texas A & M University
  • 1984-1985, Visiting Research Scholar National Research Council, Washington, DC
  • 1979-1984, Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University
  • Distinguished Scholars Award, American Education Research Association, 1984
  • Gustavus Myers Center Human Rights Best Book North America Book Award, 1996
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award, 1996
  • Gustavus and Myers Center Best Book Human Rights Award, 1996
  • Women's Achievement and Role Model in Higher Education Award, 1998
  • Honorary Doctorate Award, Bennett College, 1998
  • Women Making a Difference in Orange County Award, OC Metro, 2001
  • Consortia of Women Doctorates Honoree and Award, 2004