Courtney I. P. Thomas is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech, where she also serves as an academic advisor and internship coordinator. She received a BA in Political Science in 2002, an MA in Political Science in 2006, and a PhD in Planning, Governance, and Globalization from Virginia Tech in 2010. She also holds a graduate certificate in Preparing the Future Professoriate and has participated as a presenter at the American Political Science Association’s Teaching & Learning Conferences. Her research and teaching emphasize: political economy, food safety and security, political psychology, international politics, political anthropology, genocide studies, and public policy
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