Field: Africa; Advisor: Mann; Year: 2016
Thomas is a second-year doctoral student in African history. His interests relate to the history of development and social welfare in nineteenth and twentieth century West Africa and the Sahel. His research focuses on the shifting role of social work and social workers in late-colonial and independent Burkina Faso and Ghana (1930s-1970s).
Prior to starting his PhD at Columbia, Thomas served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin (2011-2013), working as a secondary school teacher and health extension adviser. He completed a Master’s in International Development at Fordham University, specializing on food security programs in Burkina Faso, and a Master’s in International Economics at Université Paris-Dauphine. He has a B.A. in History from New York University.