Thomas Dolan is a PhD candidate in American Studies at George Washington University, with research focused on Middle Eastern diaspora and race. He has a master's degree in American Studies from NYU, studied at the New School's Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, and recently returned from a semester at the Doha Institute. Previous professional experience includes work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, California Faith for Equality, the Abingdon Theatre Company, the Citizen Observer Initiative in Armenia, and the DC Commission on the Arts.
As a student at Yale, Dolan sang with the Duke's Men and the Whiffenpoofs. He volunteered as a Yale University Art Gallery guide, worked as a curatorial assistant at the Yale Center for British Art, and was active in the Yale Camerata and the Opera Theatre of Yale College. He was also president of SNAPS (Special Needs Awareness and Peer Services), and an enthusiastic supporter of the now-defunct Safety Dance and Morse CD Café.
Dolan's dedication to Yale as an alumnus has been similarly related to the arts and inclusion. He helped produce and stage-manage a series of benefit concerts in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Haven as part of the Yale Day of Service over several years, and co-created a music theater piece, The Gay Ivy, performed at the 2010 reunions. He was an active member of the planning committees for Yale's LGBT reunion in 2013 and the 65th reunion of the Duke's Men. For the past several years he has served on the board of directors of Y-Apply, a nonprofit founded and run by Yalies devoted to increasing college access for underrepresented communities.