Professor of the Practice in the Department of Cultural Anthropology
My research is centered on critical food studies at the nexus where food justice and immigration meet, with particular linkages to Latin America and the U.S. South. I am a filmmaker, photographer, oral historian, and writer. My projects (both completed and current) address such topics as immigration, farmworkers, the US/Mexico border, the US South and its agricultural history, farm foreclosures, and food access. For more about my work, please see my website: cdthomps.com.
My latest book, Border Odyssey: Travels Along the US/Mexico Divide (Texas, 2015) is an ethnography and memoir about my travel along the 2,000-mile line that marks the division between the two countries. My photographs and recent film work and an interactive map that accompany the book are here: borderodyssey.com
Curriculum and Education Director awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2012
"Brother Town/Pueblos Hermanos", A Documentary awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2009
Pueblos Hermanos/Brother Towns awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008
Embarq and Student of the World Partnership awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2007
Thompson, C. Spirits of Just Men. University of Illinois Press, April 19, 2011.
Thompson, C, and Wiggins, MF. The Human Cost of Food. University of Texas Press, January 27, 2009.
Thompson, C. The Old German Baptist Brethren. University of Illinois Press, May 4, 2006.
Thompson, C, and Harvey, G. Indigenous Diasporas and Dislocations: Unsettling Western Fixations. Aldersgate: Ashgate press, 2005.
Thompson, C. Maya Identities and the Violence of Place. Ashgate Pub Limited, January 1, 2001.
Thompson, C. "Guestworkers: Farmworkers, filmmakers, and their obligations in the field." Project Muse 4. DUMMY PUBID, 2013. 181-197.
Thompson, C. "Natives of Bleeding Land: The Case of the Jacalteco Maya." Indigenous Diasporas. Aldersgate: Ashgate, 2005.
Thompson, C. "Harder than hardscrabble: Oral recollections of the farming life from the edge of the Texas Hill Country." LABOR HISTORY 46.2 (May 2005): 258-259.
Thompson, C. "Raising Citizens: The Old German Baptist Brethren and Community-Based Farming in the Virginia Blue Ridge." Journal of Appalachian Studies 11 (2005).
Thompson, C. "Review of Faces from the Flood: Hurricane Floyd Remembered by Richard Moore an Jay Barnes." The Oral History Review 32.2 (Summer/Fall) (2005): 119-122. (Review)
Thompson, C. "Dream or Déjà Vu? The debate surrounding George W. Bush’s proposed immigration reform." Hemisphere (October 2004).
Thompson, C. "Tom and Betsy’s Story: Tobacco People, Memory, and Vernacular History." North Carolina Literary Review (August 2004).
Thompson, C. "They Go Quietly." The Journal of the Western Virginia Historical Society 16.1 (2004).
Thompson, C. "Going Quietly: The Making of a Documentary Project among the Old German Baptist Brethren in the Virginia Blue Ridge." Crossorads: A Souther Culture Annual (2004).
Thompson, C. "Who is my Neighbor? Parables of Survival from the Floyd Flood of 1999." North Carolina Literary Review 11 (2002): 87-98.
Thompson, C. "The Great Deluge as told to Charles D. Thompson, Jr." Southern Cultures 7.3 (2001).