Staff Directory


Gail E. Thomas, PhD

Professor Emerita of Sociology

Phone: 949-480-4038

Fax: 949-480-4264


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
  • M.A., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • B.S., A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 1998
  • 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, D.C.
  • 1979 - 1984, Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

  • Assessing Quality Educational Alternatives to Traditional Public Schools
  • Race and Gender Differences in Education and Employment in Higher Education
  • Global Social Inequality

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • 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

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Problems
  • Sociology of Education
  • Core II Individual and Society
  • LC: Exploring and Creating Alternative Schools
  • Democratic Education

Selected Honors & Awards

  • 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 Metero, 2001
  • Consortia of Women Doctorates Honoree and Award, 2004

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