1993 Ph.D. Psychology [Industrial/Organizational Psychology Emphasis], Minor area: Organization and Management [Smeal College of Business Administration], The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
1990 M.S. Psychology [Industrial/Organizational Psychology Emphasis], The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
1988 B.A. Psychology and Spanish, minor in Educational Administration, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
My research program focuses on understanding the psychology of workplace diversity, specifically how individuals and organizations resist or demonstrate readiness for diversity. My work is also concerned with the organizational experiences of marginalized groups, namely people of color, women, and sexual minorities and the impact their work and professional experiences has on their career mobility and overall well-being. My instructional program includes courses in the Psychology of Prejudice, Race and Identity, and Diversity in Organizations. RED provides my students and me the unique opportunity to integrate these programs of research and instruction in order to further the diversity and effectiveness missions of UGA units, non-profit institutions, school districts, and traditional workplaces through workshop delivery, meeting facilitation, and diversity climate assessments.
Thomas, K. M. (2005). Diversity Dynamics in the Workplace. San Francisco: Wadsworth-Thomson.
Thomas, K.M. & Ashburn-Nardo, L. (2017). Broadening the conversation: Why Black lives matter. A special issue of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal, 36(8). UK: Emerald Publishing.
Plaut, V., Thomas, K.M., & Hebl, M. (2014). Race and ethnicity in the workplace: Spotlighting the perspectives of historically marginalized groups. A special issue of, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Washington, DC: APA.
Thomas, K.M., Plaut, V.C., & Tran, N.M. (2014).Diversity Ideologies in Organizations. [Applied Psychology Series]. NYC: Routledge-Taylor Francis.
Thomas, K.M. (2008). Diversity Resistance in Organizations. [Applied Psychology Series]. NYC: LEA-Taylor Francis.
Thomas, K.M. & Proudford, K.L. (eds.) (1999).Organizational Outsiders Within [special issue of Journal of Career Development] NYC: NY: Kluwer Academic/Human Sciences Press.
For a complete listing of Dr. Thomas' chapters in edited volumes and research articles, grants/contracts, awards, and doctoral students, please see her curriculum vitae.
In the News
Quoted in the article, “Does Faculty Diversity Need Targets?” InsideHigherEd.com. April 6, 2015. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/04/06/brown-u-declares-it-will-double-faculty-diversity-2025
Quoted in the article, “Black and Not Feeling Welcomed.” InsideHigherEd.Com. November, 2014. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/03/vassar-professors-essays-about-racial-profiling-and-racism-attract-attention
Quoted in the article, “Affirmative Action Ending?” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 9, 2014.
Networking Expert for Minnesota Public Radio. Podcast available at: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/13/daily-circuit-networking-young-minorities
Diversity Resistance Expert for online radio show “Diversity Matters.” Podcast available at http://www.podcast-directory.co.uk/episodes/diversity-matters-diversity-resistance-7761232.html
Thomas wins award from the Academy of Management and named Fellow of SIOP and APA.
Colorblindness research covered by the media.
Recipient, 2004 University of Georgia Diversity Award from the Office of Institutional Diversity