Associate Professor of Africana and Historical Studies; Associate Professor, Bard Graduate Center

Thompson’s research considers the ways in which photography—as practice and discourse—impacts the construction and operation of bureaucracy in colonial and post-independent Mozambique. As an extension of this study, he teaches classes on the history of the radio in Africa, urbanism, historical photography, liberation struggles, and post-colonial theory. At Bard, he has been involved in efforts to integrate new technologies, like podcasts and online exhibitions, in the teaching of history, and he has also been actively involved in the programmatic efforts of Africana Studies in terms of organizing lecture series and in the re-launch of Bard’s International Human Rights Exchange in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his Ph.D. in African History from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a B.A. in History and Art History from Williams College.