Brandi Thomas, research assistant, joined the Center for Child and Family Policy in December 2014. She supports faculty members and researchers with compiling data, editing reports, planning events and completing daily office tasks. She is also the staff assistant for the Durham Children’s Data Center, where she supports Durham County, Durham Public Schools and Duke University leaders in identifying important child and family policy questions for which the Durham community seeks answers.
Thomas has a long-term interest in children's literacy rates and reading trends. Prior to joining the Center, she received a B.A in English from The University of Scranton. In 2014, Thomas received a M.A in liberal studies from Duke University, where she studied the current phenomenon of female protagonists in young adult dystopian literature. While working toward her master’s degree, Thomas worked as a program and communication assistant for the Duke Center for International Development.