Eric Thomas

James Peacock REACH Fellow, Center for Global Initiatives

Organizes GO! Global Orientation, plans Global Project Showcase events and provides other student and program support
Events | Graduate Study | Research


Eric Thomas is the 2018-2019 James Peacock REACH Fellow and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College where he also conducted undergraduate research in Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal.  After graduating he served as Resident Director for Summer English Language Programs at Tufts University and then taught English in Boston and in Santiago, Chile before coming to UNC in 2014.  He is currently writing his dissertation based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Chilean Patagonia.  His research examines the impacts of development and aquaculture on traditional livelihoods in remote, coastal communities.

My favorite spot on campus is Alumni Hall, home to the Department of Anthropology and the first building I entered as a UNC student. My tiny office on the fourth floor was my home-away-from-home when I was planning my dissertation research, talking with colleagues, and applying for grants. It will always have a special place in my heart.”

– Eric