David Thomas

Associate Professor, English
Faculty Fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Associate Professor, English
273 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-7122


Areas of study

  • British - 18th and 19th
  • British - 20th and 21st
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Postcolonial/Global
  • Religion and Literature


Ph.D. in English, University of California, Davis (1996)
B.A. in Honors and Philosophy, University of North Dakota (1988)

Research and teaching interests

British Victorian and Modernist Literature and Culture, Critical Theory, Social Theory, Language Theory, Philosophy, Music History and Theory, Art History


Professor Thomas, raised as a mobile military brat, is not exactly from any one place but keeps the USA West Coast close to heart due to extended family there, He began his higher education at the University of North Dakota, earning a 1988 BA in Honors and Philosophy, with Minors in English and Music. His 1996 Ph.D in English was completed at the University of California, Davis, with a dissertation on Oscar Wilde. His subsequent research and teaching took was at three institutions: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; George Washington University, Washington, DC.; and the University of Notre Dame. In Germany, he studied one year as an undergraduate and later taught one year as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow, respectively, in Freiburg and Mainz.

Representative publications