Susan Thomas

Susan Thomas
Assistant Professor
Phone: 315.443.9075
Address: 362 Huntington Hall

Susan Thomas is Assistant Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education. She joined Syracuse University in Fall 2017. As an anthropologist of education, she has conducted research involving the intersection of migration, global education, and South Asia and South Asian diaspora. Her recent ethnographic project examined how neoliberalism is transforming university life, and the implications it has for transnational educational migration from the South Asian region. 

Her scholarship has been published in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of EducationInterventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and the edited volume, US Education in a World of Migration: Implications for Policy and Practice. Her book manuscript, Indebted Mobilities, is currently under review.

Thomas has presented on her work at various academic conferences. She is currently a member of the American Anthropological Association and Comparative and International Education Society. 


  • Ph.D. Education, Culture, and Society; University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. International Affairs; The George Washington University

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

International education, transnational migration, South Asian identities, debt, precarity, race and caste politics, student resistance, and ethnographic inquiry

Susan Thomas' research and teaching interests include international education, transnational migration, South Asia/South Asian diaspora, debt, precarity, race and caste politics, student resistance, and ethnographic inquiry.

Recent Publications

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