Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Jamie Thomas is an expert in language learning; second language acquisition; study abroad; identity; race, color, and ethnicity; Africa; African diaspora; Mexico; Tanzania; African languages; Swahili; Pan Africanism; zombies; and the afterlife.
Thomas’s work has appeared in International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching and Selected Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Her book Zombies Speak Swahili is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Additionally, Thomas maintains the #languagestory blog where she posts enthographic videos and shares critical commentary on communication, intercultural learning, and her most recent international fieldwork in Mexico, Micronesia, and Tanzania, among other places.
Thomas earned her A.B. at Washington University in St. Louis and her Ph.D. in applied linguistics at Michigan State University. She is a member of the American Association of Applied Linguistics.