Durant, Jr., Thomas J.

Thomas Durant, Jr., is Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University. His research and teaching interests include, social inequality (race, gender and class), southern culture, criminology, gerontology, and global development. He obtained his Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

History of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A Study of Poverty, Politics, Public Health and the Public Interest
2010 0-7734-3886-6
This book is the first definitive, descriptive history of the Charity Hospital System of Louisiana, a story of how poverty, politics, public health, public interest, race, gender, and class, shaped the long history of one of the most storied public healthcare systems in the state and nation, to be published in a single volume. Over a period of more than 270 years, a total of ten charity hospitals were established in different venues of the state and evolved into one of the most celebrated public healthcare systems in the country.