Thomas Durant, Jr. | LSU African & African American Studies

Dr. Thomas J. Durant

Thomas  Durant  Jr. 

Emeritus Professor



PhD: Sociology, University of Wisconsin

Area of Interest

Southern Culture; Criminology; Aging; Social Stratification; Ethnic Studies

Recent Courses Taught

  • Introduction to African & African American Studies
  • Criminology
  • Aging
  • African American & Hurricane Katrina

Awards & Honors

Oxford University Round Table Selectee
Outstanding Sociology Teaching Award

Notable Activities

  • Conducting research on plantation churches and desegregation of predominantly white universities
  • Active in major African American Studies and Sociology professional associations

Selected Publications


  • The Charity Hospital System of Louisiana: A story of Poverty, Politics, Health and the Public Interest
  • History of the River Road African American Museum
  • Plantation Society and Race Relations: The Origins of Inequality