Dr. Matthew Thomas-Reid

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Dr. Matthew Thomas-Reid
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Associate Professor of Educational Foundations
Department of Leadership and Educational Studies
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • B.S., Mars Hill College

Research Interests: 

Philosophy of education; social justice education; queer pedagogy, praxis, and digital literacies; LGBTQIA histories and narratives.


Dr. Thomas-Reid is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, and an affiliate faculty with Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. He has worked as faculty advisor for GAPP (Gay and Progressive Pedagogy), and is the former editor of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society Journal. He is currently working with the Appalachian Educators club to develop a Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) Chapter to Appalachian State University. In addition, Dr. Thomas-Reid sits on the Advisory Board for the Chief Diversity Officer, as well as serving with the University’s Early Intervention Team. His previous research projects focus on utilizing LGBTQIA histories and narratives with a view toward ‘queering’ pedagogy, praxis, and digital literacies. Currently, he is working on a series of essays on “queer gifts to education” as well as a qualitative study working with trans and nonbinary student teachers. His Interdisciplinary approach to research has him working on projects ranging from Gender in Auto insurance to middle grades adolescent development and even a project with a view to “queering” the “Andy Griffith Show.”
Dr. Thomas-Reid married his husband Ben, an English teacher, shortly after gay marriage became legal in 2015. They met while doing community Theatre over a decade ago. They have a son named Sebastian, two dogs, and a cat. Dr. Thomas-Reid Credits his son and husband as being a huge influence on his academic work. He seeks to make schools safe and inclusive for k12 teachers and students from marginalized backgrounds. In Short, Dr. Thomas-Reid seeks classrooms that are safe for his husband to teach and for his son to proudly talk about his two dads.



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