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Courtney Irene Powell Thomas

Courtney Irene Powell Thomas, Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies, Collegiate Assistant Professor

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Courtney Thomas, acting director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Political Science and a collegiate assistant professor

Department of Political Science
527A Major Williams Hall (0130)
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-2855 |

Courtney Irene Powell Thomas, a collegiate assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech, focuses her research 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.

Dr. Thomas is 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, Maryland; Washington, DC; Urbana, Illinois; and Austin, Texas.

  • Dr. Thomas currently teaches undergraduate courses in world politics, international political economy, and nations and nationalities.
  • PhD in Planning, Governance, and Globalization, Virginia Tech
  • MA in Political Science, Virginia Tech
  • Internship Coordinator, Department of Political Science
  • Coordinator, Hokies on the Hill Program


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.


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