RIM Organizers

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Sonya A. Grier, PhD

American University | Department of Marketing | USA

Dr. Grier conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to Race in the Marketplace, especially as related to the societal impact of targeted marketing efforts, using a diversity of methodological approaches. She has published her research in leading marketing, public health, health policy, and psychology journals and also created two award-winning documentary films. She currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, as Director of Food Marketing Research for the African-American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), and is a member of the Institute of Medicine Food Forum.  


Guillaume D. Johnson, PhD

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique | Université Paris-Dauphine | France

Dr. Johnson's research focuses on the sociopolitical dynamics of multicultural marketing with a special emphasis on race. He has explored these issues in France, South Africa, and the United States, and his work has been published in management, marketing and advertising journals. He is a frequent contributor to news media on issues related to race and the marketplace. Prior to joining the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Université Paris-Dauphine, he held positions in South Africa and China.  

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Kevin D. Thomas, PhD

University of Texas-Austin | The Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations | USA

Dr. Thomas investigates the socio-cultural impact of marketing communication and consumer behavior. His primary research interest pertains to understanding the relationship between marketing communication, consumption practices, and notions of self and community. Using a consumer culture theory (CCT) perspective, he explores the ways in which identity markers (i.e. race, gender, class, and sexuality) are represented in marketing communication and experienced in the marketplace. His research work has appeared in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Consumption Markets & Culture, and Advertising and Society ReviewDr. Thomas is co-founder of Food for Black Thought and the Black Media Council