Dr. Rhianna Thomas

Assistant Professor

Early Childhood Education
School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership

Office Phone: (575) 646-2898
Department Phone: (575) 646-4820
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
email: thomasrk@nmsu.edu

Dr. Thomas’s research interests include anti-racist and critical literacy education in early childhood classrooms and communities. She also examines child guidance and classroom management practices in early childhood, especially in regard to equity. Dr. Thomas often employs arts-based methodologies including poetic inquiry.


Thomas, R. K. (2019). Developing a vocabulary to talk about race in the white home: One family’s experience. Journal of Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership in Education, 4(2), 61-72.

Thomas, R.K. (2019). Identifying your skin is too dark as put-down: Enacting whiteness as hidden curriculum through a bullying prevention program. Curriculum Inquiry 49(5). doi: 10.1080/03626784.2019.1687258

Warner, C.K., Nash, K.T., Thomas, R., Bell, C., Strekalova-Hughes, E., Panther, L., & Atiles, J. (2016).  Re-conceptualizing context and complexity in teacher education: Learning teaching as an interpretive process. The SOJO Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education. 2(1), 59-73.

Thomas, R. K. (2016) Discovering our own whiteness. Perspectives and Provocations in Early Childhood Education, 3, 1-11. Retrieved from: http://www.earlychildhoodeducationassembly.com/journals.html


ECED 235 Introduction to Language, Literacy, and Reading

ECED 265 Guidance of Young Children

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