Jacob Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. He received his Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley and Master of Arts in Social Science from University of Chicago. After one year teaching academic and professional writing and about Western societies at Beijing Foreign Studies University he began his Ph.D. in Sociology at UCLA. His research is broadly about how immigration control of governments affects the migratory and travel opportunities prospective migrants or travelers have or believe they have. In 2020 he completed his Ph.D with his dissertation The Denied, the Deterred, and the Disenchanted: Why a Variety of Potential Migrants Never Immigrate and now is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center on Contemporary China at Princeton University.
Jacob has published articles in International Migration, Contexts, Theory and Society, and Law &: the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.
- Social Inequality
- Sociology of Law
- Social Networks US-China Relations
- Mixed Methods Research
- Data Collection and Sampling
Thomas, Jacob, Analyzing Chinese Contemporary Art and Artists’ Narrative For A More Humanistic Understanding of Migrants’ Trans-Experiences, Anthropology and Humanism (forthcoming)
Thomas, Jacob and Min Zhou, “Ethnic Entrepreneurship and Its Transnational Linkages,” in Brenda Yeo and Francis Collins, Handbook On Transnationalism. Routledge, Forthcoming 2022
Thomas, Jacob. “From local control to remote control: an excavation of international mobility constraints.” Theory and Society 50, no. 1 (2021): 33-64.
Thomas, Jacob. “Reflecting upon the Impact of the United States’ 2016 Election and Travel Ban: Why Might Fewer Foreign Businesspeople, Tourists, Students, and Relatives Be Visiting the United States?.” S. Cal. Interdisc. LJ 29 (2019): 619.
Thomas, Jacob. “How COVID-19 Can Inspire to Change Society of the Better in the Long Run (If We Take It Seriously)”, Op-Ed in Special issue of Contexts on covid-19 and the future of society, 2020
Thomas, Jacob. “When Political Freedom Does Not Offer Travel Freedom: The Varying Determinants of Visa‐Free Travel Opportunities.” International Migration 58, no. 2 (2020): 80-97.
Thomas, Jacob and Kjerstin Gruys, 2014, Entry on “Class.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumer Studies.
Data Collection and Sampling
*American Sociological Association
*Population Association of America
*International Chinese Sociological Association