Courtney Irene Powell Thomas


Courtney Irene Powell Thomas

Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies

Collegiate Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science


527A Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Political Science


Dr. Thomas currently teaches undergraduate courses in world politics, international political economy, and nations and nationalities.

Professional Activities

Dr. Thomas is also the internship coordinator for the department and coordinates the Hokies on the Hill program for the spring semester.

Research Interests

    Selected Publications

    Dr. Thomas’s publications include: In Food We Trust, University of Nebraska Press, 2014; Voices of Hunger (ed.), Common Ground Publishing, 2014; Political Culture and the Making of Modern Nation States, Paradigm Press, 2014; International Political Economy: Navigating the Logic Streams, an Introduction (coauthored with Edward Weisband), Kendall Hunt, 2010; “The Biocorporeality of Evil: A Taxonomy” (coauthored with Edward Weisband) in Inside & Outside of the Law: Perspectives on Evil, Law, and the State (Shubhankar Dam and Jonathan Hall, eds.), Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2009; and “Big Blocks of Cheese and Other Lessons on American Government: 15 Weeks in the West Wing” (coauthored with Sandra E. Via) in Teaching Matters: Strategy and Tactics to Engage Students in the Study of American Politics (Daniel Shea, ed.), Prentice Hall, 2010.

    She is also working on a book length project on the politics of food labeling in the United States. She has presented her research at conferences in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Salzburg, Austria; Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C.; Urbana, IL; and Austin, TX.

    Additional Information

    Her current research focuses on food politics.  She is currently working on a study of hunger in America as well as an investigation of the linkages between the international chocolate trade and genocide in the Ivory Coast.