Dr Thomas Zacharias

Thomas researches into ‘race’ and racism, the production of difference in political discourse and diaspora identities.

Staff details

Dr Thomas Zacharias


Head of BA Education Lecturer in Education


Educational Studies


t.zacharias (@gold.ac.uk)

Since completing his PhD in 2014 Thomas has been lecturing on the BA Education, Culture and Society and the MA Race, Culture and Education, and convening the undergraduate modules ‘Culture and Identity’ and ‘Race and Representation in Popular Culture’. He is a member of the Centre for Identities and Social Justice, and the Migration Research Network at Goldsmiths. Thomas’s research interests are ‘race’ and racism, the production of difference in political discourse and (post-)coloniality and diaspora identities.

Academic Qualifications

BA Hons Anthropology and Sociology, Goldsmiths
MA Sociology, Goldsmiths
PhD Sociology, Goldsmiths


Thomas has been working as a lecturer on the Education, Culture and Society programme and as Head of Programme for the BA Social and Cultural Studies at the Department for Educational Studies since 2013.

He previously worked as a lecturer in the department for Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College where he convened the MA Research Dissertation module for the MSc Culture Ethnicity Diaspora.

Between 2002 and 2010 Thomas worked as an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths.

Area of supervision:

Thomas is interested in supervising projects that focus on the fields of ‘race’ and racism, contemporary inequalities, xenophobia and the far-right in Europe, anti-racist movements, political discourse, visuality, postcolonial literature, and diaspora identities.

Professional projects:

Thomas is currently working on a funded project which traces the cultural history of German indentured labour during the apprenticeship period in Jamaica. He has presented a conference paper at the Caribbean In/Securities conference in the summer of 2017 and is in the process of publishing two research articles from this research.

Thomas worked as project manager and independent academic advisor for the EU Lifelong Learning Programme where he helped to negotiate the implementation of the Bologna Agreement at three universities in Russia. A keen bass-player in his spare time, Thomas is signed to the London based Ninjatunes/BigDada label and has worked with Mercury-Award winning artists. 

Recent Publications:

Book chapter ‘How to write a literature review’ in Seale, C. (2017) Researching Society and Culture  London: Sage

Forthcoming: Thomas is currently completing a paper on German indentured labour in Jamaica and co-authoring an article on colonial visuality with Professor Vron Ware (to be published in 2018).

Thomas has a book proposal under review from Manchester University Press. The intended book is based on his PhD research and is entitled “Multicultural Racism and Melancholia in Contemporary Germany”.

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Branley, Duncan; Seale, Clive and Zacharias, Thomas. 2018. Doing a Literature Review. In: Clive Seale, ed. Researching Society and Culture. London: Sage, pp. 63-78. ISBN 9781473947160


Zacharias, Thomas and Mullings-Lawrence, Sireita. 2021. Legacies of indenture: identity and belonging in post-colonial Jamaica. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44(1), pp. 97-114. ISSN 0141-9870


Zacharias, Thomas. 2014. Multicultural Racism and the Production of the Ausländer in German Political Discourse 1994-2002. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Research Interests

Thomas’s research interests are ‘race’ and racism, the production of difference in political discourse and (post-)coloniality and diaspora identities.