John Thomas III

Assistant Professor

Address: JC Long, 9 Liberty Street, Room 213
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 or by appointment
Phone: 843-953-5724

John Thomas III (he/him) joined the Department of Political Science in August, 2022. His research interests include comparative race politics, social movements, democratic consolidation, minority rights and public policy with a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. John's dissertation examined the evolution of the social movements of Black activists in Peru and Ecuador from 1980 to 2016 and their impacts on state institutions and the broader society. He has received funding from several entities to conduct his research including the University of Chicago Division of Social Sciences, the Tinker Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, TIAA-CREF, and the US Department of Education. He is also an American Political Science Association Diversity Fellow.

John has consulted on issues of Afro-Latinx social inclusion for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the governments of Honduras and Peru. He has served as a Teaching Consultant at the Chicago Center for Teaching, taught Political Science courses at Chicago State University and was a Presidential Fellow at Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio through the Gift of Black Theology Collaborative.


Ph.D., University of Chicago 

M.A., University of Chicago

M.P.A. Princeton University

B.A., Morehouse College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)