Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in the Lincoln School of Film & Media. Prior to joining the University of Lincoln in 2016, he taught sessionally at the University of Melbourne (wherefrom he also received his PhD) and Swinburne University of Technology.
His research is located primarily at the interstices between media studies, communication studies, and philosophy, and is currently focused on three areas: concepts of mediation, representation, communicability, and time in European philosophy; the longue durée of media history, especially the ways in which our apperception of time and space has been transformed through media technologies; and political normativity in media theory, with a particular focus upon notions of speed, productivity, and futurity.
His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including: Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (for which he also serves as a contributing editor); Environment and Planning D: Society and Space; Explorations in Media Ecology; Paragraph (for which he won their annual essay prize); Parrhesia; Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy; Theory, Culture & Society; Third Text; and Time & Society, amongst others.
Thomas teaches on a number of modules as part of the Media Studies programme and other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School, specializing in the history and philosophy of media and communication, as well as critical and cultural theory more broadly. He currently coordinates six modules: Media Reading Group 1, Media Reading Group 2, Media Theorizes Itself, Mediated Truths, Media Speculations, and Cultural Analysis. He is also a personal tutor for the Media Studies programme, and supervises undergraduate dissertations.