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.


Nash, K., Warner, C., Strekalova-Hughes,E., Panther, L., and Thomas, R. (2019, January). You have to do something new: Learning teaching as an interpretive process. Center for the Education & Equity of African American Students. Retrieved from https://www.ceeaas.com/blog.

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).

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


ECED 235 Introduction to Language, Literacy, and Reading

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