Lynnell L. Thomas

Lynnell L. Thomas is associate professor and chair of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research interests include New Orleans tourism, popular culture, and African American history and literature. A native of New Orleans, Thomas is part of the post-Katrina diaspora, which informs her teaching and scholarship. She is the author of the book Desire and Disaster in New Orleans: Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014). Her book chapters have appeared in the edited volumes Seeking Higher Ground: The Race, Public Policy, and Hurricane Katrina Reader (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007) and In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: New Paradigms and Social Visions (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2010), and her articles have been published in the journals American Quarterly, Performance Research, and Television and New Media.


Boston, MA



UMass Boston

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