Research Assistant Professor
Current Research and Teaching Interests
  • Social Inequality
  • Migration/Mobility
  • Sociology of Law
  • Social Networks US-China Relations
  • China
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Data Collection and Sampling
Selected Publications

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

Community and Professional Service


*American Sociological Association

*Population Association of America

*International Chinese Sociological Association