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Kedron Thomas

Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology​
PhD, Harvard University
research interests:
  • Law, Sovereignty, and Regulation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Politics of Space and Security
  • Sustainability and Environmentalism
  • Fashion, Branding, and Knock-offs
  • Guatemala, UK, US

contact info:

office hours:

  • Monday 2:00 - 4:00 pm​

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1114
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

Kedron Thomas is interested in the globalization of trade and legal frameworks, the cultural and ethical dimensions of entrepreneurship and business, the semiotics of branding, and the production of material culture. She examines how these processes and practices intersect in two sites: Guatemala and the US/UK fashion industries.​

For more information, visit Kedron Thomas's department profile.

From our podcast:

Hold That Thought Podcast
Regulating Style: Intellectual Property Law and the Business of Fashion in Guatemala

Regulating Style: Intellectual Property Law and the Business of Fashion in Guatemala

Fashion knockoffs are everywhere. Even in the out-of-the-way markets of highland Guatemala, fake branded clothes offer a cheap, stylish alternative for people who cannot afford high-priced originals. Fashion companies have taken notice, ensuring that international trade agreements include stronger intellectual property protections to prevent brand “piracy.” In Regulating Style, Kedron Thomas approaches the fashion industry from the perspective of indigenous Maya people who make and sell knockoffs, asking why they copy and wear popular brands, how they interact with legal frameworks and state institutions that criminalize their livelihood, and what is really at stake for fashion companies in the global regulation of style.