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About Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas specializes in health and gender issues. Before coming to Kenyon in 1996, Thomas worked as a counselor, educator, and administrator at women's health centers in Chicago and Denver and operated her own health counseling practice in Denver. Thomas teaches courses on gender, health and illness, social movements, and research methods. She is particularly interested in service-learning and connecting the life of the College with the life of the greater Gambier community.
The focus of Thomas' scholarly work has been primarily in the area of women's health. She has published articles on the legacies of feminist women's health centers, midwifery, and childbirth. Most recently, she has been engaged in collaborative research projects on maternity care in the US and Sweden.
Thomas spent her sabbatical (2005-2006) in Stockholm, Sweden. She also co-directed a study abroad program for ten years, which took students to Sweden and Finland for two weeks in the summer to learn about the health and social welfare systems. Thomas is currently serving as an associate provost at Kenyon. She has served as chair of the Department of Sociology and the chair of women's and gender studies. Her most recent sabbatical was spent teaching at Colorado College.


Present Associate Provost, Kenyon College


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  • SOCY 107: Institutions and Inequalities
  • SOCY 224: Sociology of Health and Illness
  • SOCY 271: Methods of Social Research
  • SOCY 493: Individual Study
  • WGS 493: IS: Reproductive Justice
  • WMNS 111: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • WMNS 481: Senior Colloquium
  • WMNS 498: Senior Honors


1995 Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Colorado Boulder
1982 Master of Arts, University of Chicago
1980 Bachelor of Science, Cornell College

Contact Information

P: (740) 427-5114
Bailey House 203


Childbirth & Parenting (7)

Recent Works (1)

Research Works (13)

Gender & Society (2)

Women's Health (9)