Introduction

Faculty Biography

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W. John Thomas

Professor of Law

BA, JD, University of Arizona; MPH, LLM, Yale University

Areas of expertise


  • International Law
  • Human Rights

Biography

Biography


John Thomas is a Professor of Law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he teaches international law and health law. He holds a BA and JD from the University of Arizona and an LLM and MPH from Yale University. 

Thomas is a freelance writer and musician with 200+ publications address topics ranging from gun violence, health policy and autism to music and musical instruments. His scholarship has appeared in law reviews, medical journals, major newspapers, music publications, and the Oxford Dictionary of Music.

Thomas’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. Another of Thomas’s books, “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 the US that stretches from Tijuana on the California border to Agua Prieta on the Arizona border.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Selected Publications


W. John Thomas & Dorothy E. Stubbe, Psychiatric, Epigenetic, Legal, and Public Health Challenges Facing Refugee Children: An Integrated Approach, 36 QUINNIPIAC L. REV. 635 (2018)

JOHN THOMAS, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, STRUGGLE, AND VIOLENCE ALONG THE US/MEXICO BORDER: AN ORAL HISTORY (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017). 

W. John Thomas, The Devil and Mr. Johnson: A Bluesman's Son Wins Possession on Judgment Day, 16 TEX. REV. ENT. & SPORTS 107 (2015)

JOHN THOMAS, KALAMAZOO GALS: A STORY OF THE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN AND GIBSON'S "BANNER" GUITARS OF WWII (American History Press, 2013). 

W. John Thomas, Autism, Medicine, and the Poison of Enthusiasm and Superstition,J. HEALTH & BIOMEDICAL L. 449 (2012)