Deborah A. Thomas is the R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also core faculty in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, holds a secondary appointment with the Graduate School of Education, and is a member of the graduate groups in English, Africana Studies, and the School of Social Policy and Practice. She is the author of Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization and the Politics of Culture in Jamaica (2004), Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica (2011), Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation: Sovereignty, Witnessing, and Repair (forthcoming), and co-editor of the volume Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness (2006). She is also the Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association. Prior to her life as an academic, she was a professional dancer with the New York-based Urban Bush Women. She is the Co-Producer and Director of the experimental documentary Four Days in May, a Co-Curator of the Bearing Witness Exhibit and the Producer and Co-Director of the documentary Bad Friday: Rastafari after Coral Gardens.
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