Born: February 16, 1932
Ohio connection: Resident
Norman Carl Thomas, son of Russell and Helen (Matson) Thomas, was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1932. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1953, and an M.A. in 1958 and Ph.D. in 1959, both from Princeton University. He married Marilyn Murphy in 1953, and they had four children: Robert, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Anne. Thomas worked from 1959 until 1969 as an instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan. He served as professor of political science at Duke University, 1969-71, and was then professor of political science and department head at the University of Cincinnati, where he is now professor emeritus. He is the author of numerous political science books, including Congress: Politics and Practice; The Institutionalized Presidency; Education in National Politics; Your American Government; The Politics of the Presidency; and The Presidency and Public Policy Making. Thomas currently lives in Cincinnati.
Woodrow Wilson fellowship, 1956-57; Distinguished Service Award of University of Michigan Development Council, 1964.