Department of SOC/ANT/CRJ - Dr. Charles B. Thomas, Jr.


Degrees Earned:

Ph.D., Social Psychology, Harvard University; M. A., Social Psychology, Harvard University; B. A., Psychology, Cornell University

Recent Honors and Awards at the University of Michigan-Flint: Olivia P. Maynard and Olof Karlstrom Faculty Award for Civic Engagement (2009); Faculty Distinguished Service Award (2006); Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award (2004)

Teaching Interests:

Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Psychology, Religion in American Society, Introduction to Sociology, Black Families

Research Interests:

The study of human values; race and gender inequality.

Recent Publications:

Thomas, C. B., Jr. (2006) “Some observations on the social psychological study of human values.” Chapter 11 in Donald Hantula (ed.), Advances in Social and Organizational Psychology: A Tribute to Ralph Rosnow. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. [invited work]

Thomas, C. B., Jr. (2001) “Characteristics Correlated with Perceptions of Gender Inequality.” Michigan Sociological Review 15: 10-28.

Thomas, C. B., Jr. (1997) “The Relationship Between Values and Success for Managers in Large Corporations.” Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 12: 671-688.

Thomas, C. B., Jr. (1995) “Cross-racial Interpersonal Relations and Job Satisfaction.” Social Behavior and Personality 23: 345-368.

Recent Presentations:

2007. Barnes, R., Marston, W., and Thomas, C. B., Jr. "So What If Social Dissimilarities Are Linked to Racial Residential Segregation?" Presented at the annual meeting of the Michigan Sociological Association, East Lansing, Michigan, October.

2006. Thomas, C. B., Jr. "'We rented that apartment just before your arrived': Service-learning students do discrimination testing." Presented at Roundtable Session, 10th Annual Institute on Service-Learning [of Michigan Campus Compact, and Michigan Community Service Commission], at the University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan, February. 

2005. Barnes, R. C., Marston, W. G. and Thomas, C. B., Jr. Statistical vs. social integration: Lessons from Flint. Presented at the annual convention of the Michigan Sociological Association, Ypsilanti, Michigan, October,

2002 “Applied Sociology and Racial Profiling.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Chicago, IL. August 16.

2000. “Fine Tuning the Teaching of Applied Sociology: Some Tips and Ideas.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Michigan Sociological Association. East Lansing, Michigan. November 4.


Recent Campus Presentations

2013.  Presentation of "Flint and Racial Residential Segregation" at the U of M - Flint FRACAS ("Faculty Research and Creative Activity Summit") conference on October 18, 2013.

2010. Panelist (including prepared remarks) at the "Cloth Bag Wednesdays: Talking About Teaching," LORD OF THE FLIES OR WALDEN TWO? CLASSROOM ALCHEMY AND TEACHER FEAR, sponsored by the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching, at the University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan, November 10.

2010. "Chapter Reflections." Presentation at the brownbag ENGAGING ONLINE COURSE MATERIALS AND STRATEGIES, sponsored by the Office of Extended Learning, at the University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan, March 17. [Included on pages 7-9 in the document placed in the Content Collection area of Blackboard by the Office of Extended Learning (OEL): "Engaging Students in e-Learning: UM-Flint Faculty Share Their Online Successes." The link for this 20-page article is:

Click "Institution Content>Institution>Articles>Engaging_Students_Faculty_Practices.docx.]

2006. "Student success through service learning: Eye opening work as discrimination testers." Presented at Concurrent Session, Student Academic Success Summit, PROMOTING A CULTURE OF STUDENT SUCCESS: THE FIRST YEAR AND BEYOND, at the University of Michigan-Flint, October.

2002. Thomas, C. B., Jr. “'Smiling Faces: Sometimes, They Don't Tell the Truth!' Students Have Eye-Opening Experiences as Housing Discrimination Testers.” Presentation at refereed symposium TEACHING: INNOVATIVE APPROACHES THAT ARE WORKING AT UM-FLINT, sponsored by the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching, and by Educational Opportunity Initiatives, at the University of Michigan-Flint. Flint, Michigan. February 15.


Occasions When My Work in Service Learning Has Been Noted


"Eight Inquiries--Collective Works of the 2007-08 Civic Engagement Teaching Circle at the University of Michigan-Flint," published Winter, 2010, Appendix A, "Service Learning Course Profiles by Additional UM-Flint Faculty," pp. 43-44, Race and Ethnic Relations course

University of Michigan-Flint University Outreach and Office of Special Events, "U of M-Flint Partnership Showcase-2008," 10-16-2008, page 13: "Improving Fair Housing Opportunities"

Recent Activities

Selected to participate as one of thirty Michigan Road Scholars from all three U of M campuses, to tour various sites all over Michigan May 5-9, 2014, to learn more about the state and to build potential future research and service links with communities throughout the state.