A New Vision of Black Freedom: The Manning Marable Memorial Conference | April 26-29, 2012

Conversations with Debra Thompson

Event Date: 
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
758 Schermerhorn Ext.



TOPIC: “Color-Void: the Peril of African American Men in Higher Education Policy”

Dr. Debra Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Ohio University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto (2010) and was a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Government and Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University in 2010-2011. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of the politics of race, comparative politics and public policy. Dr. Thompson’s book manuscript, the Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census, is currently under review at Cambridge University Press. It is a comparative study of how and why the United States, Great Britain and Canada developed racial classifications on their national censuses, tracing the transnational ideas and state-level institutions that have changed the census from an instrument historically used to control racial populations to its contemporary purpose as an important source of statistical information, employed for egalitarian ends. Building upon her professional work experience in education policy, Thompson, along with her co-investigator Dr. James Moore III of Ohio State University, has recently received a $10,000 grant from the Ohio Education Research Center to initiate a project that examines the state-level government policies and institutional programming at public universities in the state of Ohio that target the access, retention, and engagement of African-American men. Her work has appeared journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Canadian Journal of Political Science, and Social and Legal Studies and she was recently awarded the 2011 Governor General of Canada’s Academic Gold Medal.