Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Cultural Anthropology

External address: 
1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705
Internal office address: 
Box 90802, Durham, NC 27708-0802
(919) 660-3657


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:  

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:


Degrees & Credentials

  • 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