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Becky Thompson

Becky Thompson
Chair and Professor of Sociology

Becky Thompson is a writer, teacher, and activist. Her books include Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Disapora; When the Center is on Fire, A Promise and A Way of Life; and Mothering without a Compass.

Her recent poems appear in the Harvard Review, We Begin Here: For Palestine and Lebanon, Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, Amandla, Illuminations, The Teacher's Voice, and Margie. Her recently completed first collection of poetry is Zero is the Whole I Fall into at Night.

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Guidelines for Social Justice Work

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, MOSAIC Office, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs: 2009.
  • Vagina Warrior Award for Teaching (with Massachusetts State Representative Dianne Wilkerson and student activist Nell Maggio), Boston, Massachusetts: 2007.
  • Meiko Hill Peacemaker Award for Teaching, Boston, Massachusetts: 2005.
  • Gustavus Myers Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America presented to Beyond a Dream Deferred: Multicultural Education and the Politics of Excellence: 1994.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Summer Seminar Fellow in Morality and Society, Boston University: 1994.
  • Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Afro-American Studies, Princeton University: 1992-1993.
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW), Educational Foundation Dissertation Fellowship: 1989.
  • Ford Foundation Grant for Project on Women and Gender in the Curriculum: 1987.
  • Political Research Associates Award for Scholarship: 1997-1999.


Doctor of Philosophy
Brandeis University

Master of Arts
Brandeis University

Bachelor of Arts
University of California