Deborah A. Thomas
Deborah A. Thomas is Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica; and Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and The Politics of Culture in Jamaica; and co-editor of the volume Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness. Thomas was also editor of the journal Transforming Anthropology, and currently sits on the editorial boards of American Anthropologist and Social and Economic Studies. Thomas was also co-director and co-producer of the documentary film, Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens, which chronicles violence in Jamaica through the eyes of its most iconic community.