Deborah Thomas, PhD, is Professor and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. I arrived at UNC Charlotte in August 2018 from the University of Colorado Denver, where I was a faculty member in geography and environmental sciences for 18 years and department chair for the last 3-1/2 years. I was also one of the founding faculty of the Colorado School of Public Health where I had a secondary appointment for over 10 years.
I specialize in hazards and health geography with more than 25 years of experience in the social science application of geographic information science & technology (GIS&T). My teaching & research interests focus on issues of vulnerability/resilience/