Douglas Thomas, Ph.D

Associate Professor
(585) 395-5823
Office: Hartwell Hall 202 B


Dr. Thomas’s specialty is in religious history of West Africa. Before coming to Brockport, Dr. Thomas taught in West Africa (Cuttington University in Liberia and Université Kofi Annan de Guinée in Guinea-Conakry) and at the world-famed Grambling State University (the place where everybody is somebody), where he taught African history. Dr. Thomas’s main place of research is Senegal, where he visits regularly. Moving to Western New York in 2018, he has found a place in Brockport’s Department of African and African-American Studies.

Dr. Thomas’s first book was Sufism, Mahdism, and Nationalism: Limamou Laye and the Layennes of Senegal (2012). Dr. Thomas, along with Temilola Alanamu, co-edited a reference work entitled African Religions: Belief and Practice through History (2018). Currently, Dr. Thomas is working on a manuscript detailing the West African dual-gender authority system practiced in an African-American church. Dr. Thomas is also working on a biography of Latsukaabe Ngoné Fall, early 18th-century dameel (king) of Kajoor.


  • PhD, History, Georgia State University, 2010
  • MA, History, Louisiana Tech University, 2001
  • BA, History, University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR), 1997