Catherine Thomas

Dr. Catherine Thomas

Professor of English, Associate Dean for Student Success Programs

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Dr. Catherine Thomas has served as associate dean for Student Success Programs and professor of English at GGC since January 2016. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from Pennsylvania State University.

In addition to teaching English courses and the first-year seminar, Thomas coordinates GGC 1000, the First-Year Seminar. She also works closely with faculty and staff colleagues to create, sustain and assess a variety of student success initiatives.


  • Doctorate – English language and literature – Pennsylvania State University
  • Master's – English language and literature – Pennsylvania State University
  • Bachelor's – English language and literature – University of Maryland, College Park

Academic Interests

  • First-year studies
  • Transitional studies
  • Shakespeare and early modern drama
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • First-year writing pedagogy


  • “Fostering Academic Self-Efficacy in First-Generation Students Through Shakespeare Reading Groups.” Early Modern Culture 14 (2019):146-64. 
  • “Looking for Richard in the Graphic Archives.” In Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s English History Plays. Ed. Laurie Ellinghausen. The Modern Language Association of America, 2017. 166-71.
  • Violent Masculinities: Male Aggression in Early Modern Texts and Culture. Essay collection co-edited with Dr. Jennifer Feather, UNC-Greensboro. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • “(Un)sexing Lady Macbeth: Gender, Power, and Visual Rhetoric in Her Graphic Afterlives.” Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal 31 (2012): 81-102.
  • “Toxic Encounters: Poisoning in Early Modern English Literature and Culture.” Literature Compass 9.1 (January 2012): 48-55.

Professional Affiliations

  • Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) 
  • National Organization for Student Success (NOSS)