Sonja M. Thomas

Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Office: Miller Library 256 [ campus map ]
Box 8800

Phone: 207-859-4722
Fax: 207-859-4425
Mailing Address:
8800 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8888
Thomas, Sonja M.

Areas of Expertise

  • South Asian Feminisms
  • Transnational Feminist Theory
  • Critical Race Feminisms
  • Human Rights
  • Syrian Christianity in South India
  • Tap Dance

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
WG201 AIntroduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WG223 ACritical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance
WG225 AGender and Politicized Religion
WG311 AFeminist Theories and Methodologies
WG343 ANative and Postcolonial Feminisms

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
WG493Senior Seminar: Transnational Feminisms
WG341Gender and Human Rights


“The Tying of the Ceremonial Wedding Thread: A Feminist Analysis of “Ritual” and
“Tradition” Among Syro-Malabar Catholics in India,” Journal of Global Catholicism, 1, No. 1 (September 2016): 104-116

“Education as Empowerment? Gender and the Human Right to Education in Postcolonial India”
in Human Rights in Postcolonial India. V.G. Julie Rajan and Om Dwivedi, eds. New York: Routledge, 2016.

“The “New” South Asian Feminisms.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial
Studies. 2 no. 2. (Fall 2014): 74-83.

“Gender, Macroeconomic Policy, and the Human Rights Approach to Social Protection.” Co-
authored with Dr. Radhika Balakrishnan. New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy. Shirin M. Rai and Georgina Waylen, eds. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Book (forthcoming 2018, University of Washington Press, Global South Asia Series): Privileged Minorities: Gender, Race, Caste and India's Syrian Christians


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