Assistant Professor
Pronouns: She/Her

Room: K-9662


Victoria E. Thomas

Victoria E. Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Media and Public Engagement in the School of Communication. As an interdisciplinary scholar of Black Popular Cultural Studies, she primarily analyzes popular media to articulate how visual culture represents Blackness and Black identities. Her research is committed to political and civic engagement, diversity, and inclusion in public institutions to transform societal conditions. Dr. Thomas’ current research examines the communication practices of Black cisgender and transgender women in our contemporary media moment of hypervisibility of Black transgender women and intersectional feminism.


  • Ph.D. (2020) Communication, University of Washington
  • M.A. (2014) Communication, California State University, Sacramento
  • B.S. (2011) Justice Studies, Georgia Southern University


Currently Teaching


Selected Publications

  • Thomas, V. E. (2021).  Trans Women of Color Collective. In A.E. Goldberg and G. Beemyn (eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies, (vol. 2, pp. 856-857). SAGE Reference.
  • Thomas, V. E. (2020). “Gazing at ‘It’: An Intersectional Analysis of Transnormativity and Black Womanhood in Orange Is the New Black.” Communication, Culture & Critique, 13(4) 519-35. doi:10.1093/ccc/tcz030


Black Popular Cultural Studies; Queer & Transgender Media Studies; Media Criticism; Intersectionality; Community-Based Participatory Research; Critical Prison Studies