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Charles Thompson, Professor of the Practice and Documentary Studies Certificate

Charles Thompson

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:

Contact Info:
Office Location:  1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3657
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:


Ph.D.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1998
M.A.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1994
M.S.North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University1984
B.A.Emory & Henry College1979

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Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Charles D Thompson, J, Border Odyssey Travels Along the U.S./Mexico Divide (April, 2015), pp. 328 pages, University of Texas Press, ISBN 0292756631  [abs]
  2. Thompson, C, Guestworkers: Farmworkers, filmmakers, and their obligations in the field, in Project Muse 4, vol. 9780292793675 (2013), pp. 181-197, DUMMY PUBID, ISBN 9781859184967  [abs]
  3. Thompson, C, Spirits of Just Men (April, 2011), pp. 304 pages, University of Illinois Press, ISBN 025209526X  [abs]
  4. Thompson, C; Wiggins, MF, The Human Cost of Food (January, 2009), University of Texas Press, ISBN 0292773641  [abs]
  5. Thompson, C, The Old German Baptist Brethren (May, 2006), pp. 264 pages, University of Illinois Press, ISBN 0252092651  [abs]

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