Sabrina Thomas

Office location:
011 Allen Building, 421 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Mailing address:
Box 90052, Durham, NC 27708-0052
(919) 681-9466


Chair, Policy Review Committee. New Dean Training Coordinator. Ex-Officio member of the Undergraduate Teaching, Academic Standards and Honors (CUT) committee of the Arts & Sciences Council. Title IX Representative to the Office of Academic Affairs and member of the Sexual Assault Task Force. University liaison for Davis Projects for Peace. Adjunct Associate Professor of Education. Dean for Foreign Language Substitution Pathway. 

About me:

I am a native of Georgia and attended Tuskegee University, Alabama, where I majored in psychology.  I received my master’s degree in Early Childhood Psychological Development from the University of Rochester, New York, and a doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina. After graduating, I was selected as a Ford Foundation Fellow to study family systems in Accra, Ghana and, later, a Fulbright Fellow to study the One-Child Policy in China.  For a decade, I taught courses that addressed all stages of the life cycle and family and social systems.  After receiving tenure at NCCU and the University-wide Excellence in Teaching Award, I came to Duke as an academic dean in 2008 and appointed a Senior Associate Academic Dean in 2015. My research examines material culture and cultural production within the context of childhood. I am married with two children, a boy and a girl. My hobbies include making diaper cakes, family heirloom quilts, and serving as a docent for the North Carolina Museum of History.