Charles Thompson
  • Charles Thompson

  • Professor of the Practice
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705
  • Campus Box 90802
  • Phone: (919) 660-3657
  • Fax: (919) 681-7600
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bio

    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, spring 2015) is an ethnography, history, and memoir associated with my travels 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 I’m also deeply interested in the ethics of fieldwork, and engage in these questions both through Cultural Anthropology and my work with the Center for Documentary Studies.
  • Recent Publications

      • C Thompson.
      • (2014).
      • The Great Deluge as told to Charles D. Thompson, Jr.
      • Southern Cultures
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      • Who is my Neighbor? Parables of Survival from the Floyd Flood of 1999.
      • North Carolina Literary Review
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      • Going Quietly: The Making of a Documentary Project among the Old German Baptist Brethren in the Virginia Blue Ridge.
      • Crossorads: A Souther Culture Annual
      • Mercer University Press.
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      • Tom and Betsy’s Story: Tobacco People, Memory, and Vernacular History.
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      • Dream or Déjà Vu? The debate surrounding George W. Bush’s proposed immigration reform.
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  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
      • 1998
      • M.A.,
      • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
      • 1994
      • M.S.,
      • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University,
      • 1984
      • B.A.,
      • Emory & Henry College,
      • 1979
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