Dr Bonnie Thomas

Started at UWA: 2004

Nationally recognised French teacher, with a love of Caribbean
language and literature

I love working with my amazing students of all ages and stages, and discovering how literature from the Caribbean and elsewhere resonates with my own life experiences.Dr Bonnie Thomas

Dr Bonnie Thomas is a senior lecturer, teaching French language and literature to students of all levels at UWA. She has received many award nominations and commendations for her teaching abilities, and was the 2017 national recipient of the prestigious Australian Award for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, awarded by the Federal Government. Dr Thomas finds francophone Caribbean literature, including from Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti, particularly fascinating and is an active researcher in this field.

Dr Thomas is committed to providing each student with the best possible learning experience. She aims to create a supportive and nurturing environment where each person can achieve their full potential.

For Dr Thomas, a personalised learning experience lies at the heart of good teaching, so she makes the time to help her students on their individual learning journeys. She has a passion for teaching students at all levels and has taught both English and French as foreign languages.


  • BA (Hons)
  • PhD (French and History)

UWA Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018

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Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2017

Published Connecting Histories: Francophone Caribbean Writers Interrogating Their Past (University of Mississippi Press), 2017

UWA Student Guild’s Student Choice Award, 2014, 2016, 2017


Contemporary Haitian poetry

This research focuses on contemporary Haitian poetry. For such a small and underprivileged island, Haiti has produced amazing literature that reaches to the heart of what it means to be human. Caribbean literature reminds us of the importance of fostering diversity, inclusion and compassion in an increasingly globalised and combative world.

Haitian housing

Tropical beach scene

Blues Writing: Jean-Claude Charles and Modern Caribbean Literature

Organised by the Jean-Claude Charles Collective based at Florida State University, this project aims to produce an edited collection on a key writer who has been neglected in critical literature in the field.



Dr Thomas believes it’s a privilege to teach students and enjoys how much she can learn from them, as well as seeing how much they learn from each other.

  • UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award – High Commendation, 2017
  • UWA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015, 2014, 2009, 2004
  • UWA Excellence in Teaching Award nominations, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2010
  • Finalist, UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards, 2016, 2012
  • UWA nominee for National Excellence in Teaching Awards, 2016, 2015, 2011, 2006
  • Nomination for UWA Faculty of Arts Excellence in Research Supervision


Supervisor opportunities

Dr Thomas has supervised PhD students since 2004. She has supervised honours projects on Caribbean literature, contemporary French literature, and teaching and learning-related topics. PhD candidates working on contemporary French and francophone literature, particularly Caribbean literature, are welcome to email Dr Thomas to request supervision.

Contact Dr Bonnie Thomas