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