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Thomas Keil

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Emeritus Professor

Thomas Keil was the associate dean of New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences on the West campus. Keil came to ASU in 1999 as dean of arts and sciences on the West campus. He previously served as chair of the Department of Sociology and of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Louisville, where he also held an appointment in the University's interdisciplinary PhD program in urban and public affairs.

He was a Senior Fulbright Professor at the University of Bucharest, Romania (1991-1992), where he also conducted research at the Romanian Academy's Institute for the Study of the Quality of Life and at the Center for Urban and Regional Sociology. He served as an assistant professor at Gettysburg College and as senior researcher for the Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was a member for two terms of the national board of directors of the American Fulbright Association, where he chaired the association's Task Force on Eastern and Central Europe and the Newly Independent States.

Professor Keil has been a consultant to the IREX/Council of Learned Societies task force dealing with the restructuring of social science curricula in Eastern European Universities. He served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Black Sea University, Romania. His current research involved producing a book titled "Anthracite's Demise and the Post Coal Economy of Northeastern Pennsylvania (Bethlehem PA: Lehigh University Press 2014). Thomas J Keil and Jacqueline M Keil. This is a study of economic change in Pennsylvania's former anthracite coal regions. In addition he has published: On Strike: Capital Cities and Its Wilkes-Barre Newspaaper Unions (Tuscalosa AL:University of Alabama Press 1988), which was designated an Outstanding Academic Book of the Year in 1989 by the American Library Association's Choice Magazine and Romania's Tortured Road Toward Modernity (East European Monograph Series/Distributed by Columbia University Press 2006) .

He was appointed Professor Emeritus of Sociology in 2011.

  • Ph.D. Sociology, cognate areas Political Science and Social Statistics, Temple University
  • M.A. Sociology, Temple University
  • B.A. Sociology (cum laude), King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA 
Research Interests: 

Political Economy, Race and Ethnic Relations, Murder and Capital Punishment, Class and Class Conflict

  • TJ Keil and GF Vito. Lynching and the Death Penalty in Kentucky,1866-1934:Substitution or Supplement. JOURNAL OF ETHNICITY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, (2009).
  • Keil, Thomas J. Romania's Tortured Road to Modernity. (2006).
  • . . Review of: Open for Business: The Persistent Entrpreneurial Class in Poland (2006).
  • G Vito, Thomas Keil. Dangerousness And the Death Penalty: Juvenile Homicides in Kentucky. The Prison Journal (2004).
  • S Schwanner, Thomas Keil. Internal Colonization, Folk Justice, and Murder in Appalachia: The Case of Kentucky. Journal of Criminal Justice (2003).
  • Thomas Keil, Jacqueline Keil. The State and Labor Conflict in Postrevolutinary Romania. Radical History Review (2002).
  • Thomas Keil, G Vito. The Powell Hypothesis: Race and Non-Capital Sentences for Murder in Kentucky, 1976-1991. American Journal of Criminal Justice (2000).
  • Keil, Thomas. What Has Coal Wrought?: The Changing face of Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Fields. Annual Meetings, Pacific Sociological Association 2007 (Mar 2007).
  • Keil, Thomas, Vito, Gennaro. Lynching and the death Penalty in Kentucky, 1866-1934: Substitution or Supplement. Annual Meetings, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (Mar 2007).
  • Keil, Thomas. Differing Modes of Roma Political Mobilization in Central Europe: The Case of Slovakia and Austria. REESC (Mar 2003).
  • Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Race Review Journal, Editorial Board Member (2009 - Present)
  • Peace Studies Journal, Book Review Editor (2009 - Present)
  • Peace Studies Journal, Editorial Board (2009 - Present)
  • New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Chair By-Laws Revision Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal, Member, Editorial Board (2008 - Present)
  • Pacific Sociological Association, Discussant, Session on Changing Communities, Pacific Sociological Association (2008 - Present)
  • Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Interim Director (2008 - Present)
  • New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and Research (2007 - Present)
  • Black Sea University, Scientific Advisory Board (1993 - Present)
  • Black Sea University, Scientific Council (1993 - Present)
  • Scientific Council, Black Sea University, Constanta, Romania, Member (1993 - Present)
  • American Sociological Association, Marxist Sociology Section, Council Member (2008 - 2011)
  • American Sociological Association, Council Mmember, Marxist Theory Section (2007 - 2010)
  • Search Committee for Assistant Director, Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, New College, Committee Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Co-Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral (2007 - 2008)
  • Interim Associate Dean for Research and Personnel (2007 - 2007)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, member (2006 - 2007)
  • West Senate Personnel Committee, member (2006 - 2007)
  • Curriculum Committee, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Committee to Revise Department P and T Policy, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Pacific Sociological Association, Convener and Discussant (2002 - 2002)
  • Arizona K-12 Center Advisory Board, Board of Directors (1999 - 2001)
  • American Fulbright Association, Board of Directors (1995 - 2001)
  • Task Force on Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union - American Fulbright Association, Chair (1995 - 2001)
  • Actor's Theater of Louisville, KY, Consultant (Present)
  • The Assassins at ASU West campus, Discussant (Present)