Thomas O'Donnell


(L-R) Dr. Lisa Materson, Tom O'Donnell, Dr. Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor
(L-R) Dr. Lisa Materson, Tom O'Donnell, Dr. Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor
I first started working on diversity and inclusion issues at UC Davis in May 2015 when I was recruited to a be graduate student researcher on the Chancellor's Strategic Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion Task Force that culminated with the publication of a comprehensive report in 2017 and the creation of the Vice Chancellor's Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

I am currently an Analyst for The Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity, Lorena Oropeza. In addition to supporting AVC Oropeza, I also assist the faculty directors of CAMPOS and CAMPSSAH. For 2020-2021, I am a "freshman" member of the Disability Issues Administrative Advisory Committee (DIAAC).

I received my Ph.D. in history from UC Davis in 2018 under the mentorship of Drs. Lisa G. Materson and Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor. (Dissertation: “Resisting Reform: San Francisco Vice in the Progressive Era.”)

If I do anything as well as advocating for equity in higher education and teaching history, it would have to be running ultramarathons.

You can read my CV here.

Last updated November 18, 2020