Vanessa Thompson

Black Studies and Gender Studies are delighted to announce that Dr. Vanessa Thompson has been named Distinguished Professor in Black Studies and Social Justice. Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on transnational feminist activism and abolition movements in Europe and the Black diaspora. She co-edited, with Daniel Loick, Abolitionismus: Ein Reader and her monograph, Black Socialities: Urban Resistance and the Struggle Beyond Recognition in Paris, is forthcoming from Manchester University Press. 

Dr. Thompson’s Distinguished Professorship in Black Studies and Social Justice recognizes emerging distinction in in the areas of research, teaching, and service to the university as well as experience working collaboratively in creative and/or activist arenas in local-global contexts.

The Distinguished Professorship was announced at Faculty Board on October 21, 2022.