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Dr. Lahoma Thomas

Assistant Professor


Dr. Lahoma Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University in Toronto. She joined the faculty in July 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, a Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University, a Masters of Arts in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, and received her Doctorate from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Thomas’ research is situated at the intersection of political violence, organized crime, non-state governance, and collective political struggle in the Americas from a transnational Black feminist perspective.

Her research and related publications have covered an array of interlocking subject matters, including issues of human security, sexual and gender based violence, equity, anti-Black racism, methodology, and mentorship. Her work has been published in both academic and public outlets, including the PS: Political Science & Politics, Canadian Journal of African Studies as well as Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, and Duck of Minerva.


Univeristy Degree
University of Toronto PhD
Master of Social Work, University of Toronto MSW
Master of Arts, Dalhousie University MA
Bachelor of Social Work, McGill University BSW
Bachelor of Arts, McGill University BA


Course Code Course Title
CRM 101 Understanding Crime in Canadian 
CRM 102 Introduction to Criminology 
CRM 250 Criminalizing Blackness 
CR 8206 Seminar on the Criminalization of Black Women’s Dissent 

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Thomas, L. 2020. "A Black Feminist Autoethnographic reflection on mentoring in the discipline of political science." PS: Political Science & Politics, 53(4): 788-792.
  • Thomas, L., and R. Tiessen, 2010. “Human Security, Gender-Based Violence and the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Feminist Analysis.” Canadian Journal of African Studies, 44(3): 479-502.

Book Chapters

  • Thomas, L. & Chandrasekera, U. 2014. “Uncovering What Lies Beneath: An Examination of Power, Privilege and Racialization in International Social Work.” In Globetrotting or Global Citizenship?: Perils and Potential of International Experiential Learning, edited by Rebecca Tiessen and Robert Huish, pp.90-111. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Tiessen, R., and  L.Thomas. 2014. “Working with Local Communities to Address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Northern Uganda.” In Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict: International Agendas and African Contexts. Societies, edited by Doris Buss, Joanne Lebert, Blair Rutherford, Donna Sharkey and Obijiofor Aginam, pp.69-85. New York: Routledge.

Web-based publications