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 U.S. 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.
1995 — Doctor of Philosophy from Univ Colorado Boulder
1982 — Master of Arts from Univ Chicago
1980 — Bachelor of Science from Cornell College