Health Policy Fellow Courtney Thomas Accepts New Positions

Thomas to teach at the University of Kentucky

thomasThis May, the Center's first cohort of Health Policy Fellows from Vanderbilt University will graduate with a doctoral degree. And with this milestone comes some great news from Courtney Thomas, a Ph.D. candidate in the sociology program at Vanderbilt. Thomas has accepted a position at the University of Kentucky. She'll be joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American and Africana Studies in the fall. In addition, Thomas has been selected as a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow next year! Along with her faculty position at the University of Kentucky, she'll also get to spend some time doing research with amazing health scholars at UCLA. Congratulations, Ms. Thomas! 

But wait, that's not all. 

Thomas has a forthcoming publication in Sociological Focus titled "The Black Middle Class: New Insights for the Study of Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the United States." Additionally, she was recently awarded a Dissertation Enhancement Grant from the Graduate School at Vanderbilt. Thomas is slated to defend her dissertation titled, "
More than Discrimination: The Significance of Race-Based Stress and Racial Identity for the Mental Health of Black Americans," on February 27, 2015.

The Center is proud to have supported Ms. Thomas and all of the Health Policy Fellows in their educational and professional endeavors.