Kirby Thomas

Kirby Thomas is a doctoral student at Florida State University in the department of sociology, and a research assistant under Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She received her Master of Science in Sociology in Fall 2012 from Florida State University. Kirby's research interests include sociology of education and sociology of law/criminal justice. Her dissertation uses growth curves to examine the effects of parental incarceration on health during the transition to adulthood. Other projects submitted for publication include examining political and economic determinants of state-level teacher pay legislation and the effect of college type on gender and racial gaps in STEM degrees. Kirby was nominated for a University Teaching Award in Fall 2012, and has assumed several leadership roles such as serving as president of the Sociology Graduate Student Union in Spring 2014 and as the mentor coordinator for new graduate students in Fall 2014.