Sonja M. Thomas
Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
PhD: Rutgers University, '11
Areas of Expertise
- South Asian Feminisms
- Transnational Feminsms
- Rural America
- Human Rights
- Syrian Christianity in South India
- Critical Race Feminisms
- Tap Dance
Courses Currently Teaching
|WG201 A||Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies|
|WG223 A||Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance|
|WG311 A||Feminist Theories and Methodologies|
|WG493 A||Seminar: Identity Formation, Social Movement, and Gender|
Other Courses Taught
|WG493||Senior Seminar: Transnational Feminisms|
|WG484||Senior Honors Thesis|
|WG343||Native and Postcolonial Feminism|
|WG225||Gender and Politicized Religion|
|WG398||South Asian Feminisms|
|WG341||Gender and Human Rights|
Her other research interest is tap dance history. She has written articles on tap history, intersectionality and black vernacular traditions, and on blackface abroad (specifically in Asia). She teaches tap dance and black feminist thought in a class at Colby called “Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance.” Check out the video for the class here: Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance
Sonja is associate editor for South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.
She is currently researching and writing her second book project on Catholic missionary priests from India serving in rural Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. The project is tentatively titled: Indians and Cowboys: Indian Missionary Priests in Rural America.
“Cowboys and Indians: Indian Priests in Rural Montana.” Women’s Studies Quarterly Special
Issue: Asian Diaspora. Lili Shi and Yadira Perez Hazel, guest editors. Volume 47, Numbers 1 & 2, (Spring/Summer 2019): pp. 110-131.
Cowboys and Indians
"Can Syrian Christians be Black? Racialized Discrimination in Global South Asia," ALA: A Kerala Studies Blog June 30th, 2019. Issue 10
Can Syrian Christians be Black?
"The Women's Wall in Kerala, India and Brahmanical Patriarchy," Feminist Studies 45, No1 (2019): pp. 253-260.
““This is America” and the Global Erasure of Black Vernacular Traditions” ASAP/Journal: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Open-access platform, reviews. August
This Is America
“Educated Feets: Tap Dancing and Embodied Feminist Pedagogies at a Small Liberal Arts College.” Feminist Teacher, 28, no. 2-3. (Fall 2018).
“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.
“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
Ritual and Tradition
I did a podcast!
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