Nadeen M. Thomas

Undergraduate Discipline

History

Graduate Program

Women's History Program

BA, University of Pennsylvania. MSEd, Hunter College, CUNY. PhD, CUNY Graduate Center. Research interests include immigration, race, ethnicity, education systems, and nationalism in the United States and Europe. Also interested in the relationship between the built environment and social organization and how the layout of urban areas creates spaces of belonging and nonbelonging. Recently presented research on the French antiveiling laws and the reinterpretation of public and private spaces, the Parisian public transportation system and its role in structuring geographic and social mobility, and the Parisian botanical gardens as an agent and symbol of national identity. SLC, 2015–

Undergraduate Courses 2020-2021

History

Diversity and Equity in Education: Issues of Gender, Race, and Class

Intermediate , Seminar—Year

This course is open to graduate students and upper-level undergraduates.

The education system is a central institution in the socialization of young people and the maintenance of the modern nation-state. As the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically revealed, schools do more than just educate students. Public schools are the last vestige of social services in the United States where children are fed, looked after, and even receive medical attention. This course examines the history of formal education in the United States from the colonial period to the present and focuses on the ways in which public, private, and for-profit education creates both opportunities and inequalities. We will look at the roles that schools play in the transmission of culture, formation of identity, reproduction of social structures, and allocation of material and digital resources. Paying special attention to gender and its intersection with other social categories, we will investigate practices and policies that shape students’ performance as they strive for competence, achievement, and acceptance. We will also analyze the larger political and economic contexts that shape schools and their relationship to other state projects, such as public health policy and the criminal justice system.

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Graduate Courses

Women's History 2019-2020

Diversity and Equity in Education: Issues of Gender, Race, and Class

Graduate Seminar—Year

The education system is a central institution in the socialization of young people and the maintenance of the modern nation-state. Schools support meritocratic models of society by providing opportunities for social mobility. Paradoxically, schools also reproduce gender, racial, and class inequality. In this course, we will examine the roles that schools play in the transmission of culture, formation of identity, and reproduction of social structures. Paying special attention to gender and its intersection with other social categories, we will look at practices and policies that shape students’ performance as they strive for competence, achievement, and acceptance. We will also analyze the larger political and economic contexts that shape both schools and the communities in which they are situated.

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History Colloquium

Graduate Seminar—Year

Core class required of all first-year women’s history graduate students.

Students in this course undertake independent projects in close consultation with the instructor. The projects range widely, from primary research and explorations of historiography to fieldwork and internships at agencies engaged in advocacy, policymaking, public history, or other initiatives of interest to women’s historians. While students pursue individual goals and meet one-on-one with the instructor, the whole class convenes several times each term for dinner, presentations on independent projects, and discussion of common concerns.

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