W. John Thomas
Professor of Law
John Thomas is a freelance writer, musician, professor at the Quinnipiac University Law School. He holds a BA and JD from the University of Arizona and an LLM and MPH from Yale University. John teaches international law and health law. John's 200 + publications address topics from gun violence to health policy to autism to music and musical instruments and have appeared in law reviews, medical journals, major newspapers, music publications, and the Oxford Dictionary of Music.
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John’s book, Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of the Extraordinary Women and Gibson's "Banner" Guitars of WWII (American History Press, 2013), centers on the oral histories of twelve women who appeared in a 1944 photograph and secretly built musical instruments during WWII. It has been featured on NPR, NBC, and was the subject of an hour-long BBC radio documentary.
John’s book, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Struggle, and Violence along the US/Mexico Border: An Oral History (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017), features oral histories, mainly of members of the ranching families who have lived in the Mexican state of Sonora and the corresponding territory in Arizorizona.
John’s current, in-progress book, Child Refugees—Exploring Public Health, Mental Health, Epigenetic, Neurological and Legal Needs (Springer Nature, 2022), addresses the many challenges facing child refugees and asylum seekers around the globe.
John's other current, in-progress book, The Acoustic Guitar: Inside the World’s Most Popular Musical Instrument (Oxford University Press, 2022), explores the physics, acoustics, and human response to the acoustic guitar.