Byron Thomas graduated from Wright State University with degrees in African American Studies and Sociology. Prior to completing his bachelor's degrees, Byron had spent three years in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge in 1986. He worked in a variety of occupations before earning his associate's degree in communication from Sinclair Community College in 1995 and obtaining a position at Key Bank. In 1999, he returned to Sinclair and received dual degrees in African American Studies and Sociology in 2000. After completing his studies at WSU in 2002, he continued on to Indiana University in Bloomington where he will defend his thesis this month. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University . His research interests include social inequality and stratification issues and he has presented his research at various national conferences. He published a review of Nation-Building, Propaganda, and Literature in Francophone Africa by Dominic Thomas in the Journal of African and Asian Studies in 2003. Byron has served on the founding committee for the Herman C. Hudson Graduate Symposium and was President of the African American and African Diaspora Graduate Society.