Headshot of Mai Thai
Assistant Professor, Sociology
B.A. Pomona College; Ph.D. Indiana University
Appointed In
Swan Hall #212
Mondays 1:30-3 pm and Wednesdays 12-1:30 pm or by appointment. Please see Moodle for the sign-up link and Zoom link.

I am a sociologist examining topics related to social control, education, youth, and race/ethnicity.

My scholarship primarily employs the tools of cultural sociology to understand power and social inequalities, and I am working on a book manuscript exploring the intersections of criminal justice and educational institutions. I have served as a fellow with the National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation, and my work has been recognized by the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

As an educator and experienced workshop facilitator, my teaching background spans various contexts. Whether in college classrooms, with student groups, or in community-based organizations, I draw from critical and engaged pedagogies in my work with diverse populations that range from high schoolers to immigrant parents and elders.