Dr. Douglas Thomas
202B Hartwell Hall
Phone: (585) 395-5823
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Dr. Thomas is a native of Southwest Arkansas and North Louisiana. He received his Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University in 2010. In 2001, Dr. Thomas earned his MA in History from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. In 1997, He earned his BA in History from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.
Dr. Thomas’s specialty is in Religious History of West Africa. Before coming to Brockport, Dr. Thomas taught in West Africa (Cuttington University in Liberia and Université Kofi Annan de Guinée in Guinea-Conakry) and at the world-famed Grambling State University (the place where everybody is somebody) where he taught African History. Dr. Thomas’s main place of research is Senegal where he visits regularly. Moving to Western New York in 2018, he has found a place in Brockport’s African and African-American Studies Department.
Dr. Thomas’s first book was Sufism, Mahdism, and Nationalism: Limamou Laye and the Layennes of Senegal (2012). Dr. Thomas, along with Temilola Alanamu, co-edited a reference work entitled African Religions: Belief and Practice through History (2018). Currently Dr. Thomas is working on a manuscript detailing the West African dual-gender authority system practiced in an African-American Church. Dr. Thomas is also working on a biography of Latsukaabe Ngoné Fall, early 18th Century dameel (king) of Kajoor.