AUM Faculty & Staff
Professor | College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
I joined the AUM faculty in 2001 and received my Ph.D. in Demography/Sociology from University of Alberta, Canada, a master’s degree in Economics from Wuhan University, China, a master’s degree in Sociology from University of Regina, Canada, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from Anhui University, China. Before joining the faculty at AUM, I was a social scientist at Massachusetts Institute for Social Economic Research, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), where, as the state demographer, I was elected as a member of the steering committee in the Federal State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates (FSCPE). I was also the principal investigator of several projects granted by the US Census Bureau and the state government. Currently, I am an Full Professor of Sociology at AUM. My research interests cover the following areas: population studies, racial/ethnic studies (including ethnic cultures), political economy, and urbanization with a quantitative focus. I have published six books, a number of book chapters and research papers in internationally and nationally recognized journals. I have made more than 50 presentations and lectures at national and international conferences. The courses that I have taught include Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, Social Statistics, Minority Groups, Demographic Techniques, International Economy, and Thinking Philosophy in China and Japan.
Dr. Nick Thomas is a Professor of Chemistry at AUM and was selected as Distinguished Teaching Professor 2006 ? 2009. He teaches Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and General Chemistry. His primary areas of research have been the coordination chemistry of transition metals, including lanthanide (rare earth) elements, and chemical education. He has written encyclopedia entries and numerous feature articles on a variety of general interest topics for newspapers and magazines around the country.