Drew Thompson

Assistant Professor of Africana and Historical Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Africana Studies, Historical Studies


B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota. Previously taught at Williams, where he was Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation Fellow in History and Art. Other fellowships received from the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Getty Foundation, Smithsonian Institute, and Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He also received a Thomas J. Watson fellowship in 2005, and traveled to Botswana and Uganda to study the use of visual arts in addressing HIV/AIDS. Coeditor of special issues of Critical Interventions and Kronos (forthcoming, winter 2014). Work published in African Arts, Dictionary of African Biography, and JSTOR/Aluka’s Struggles for Freedom digital archive. At Bard since 2013.


  • Research Interests: Lusophone studies, comparative race, expressive material culture, and the use of photography at the intersection of colonial/postcolonial politics and race in Mozambique
  • Teaching Interests: liberation struggles, decolonization, and the Cold War; African cities; historical photography and visual culture in Africa; museum and heritage studies


Phone: 845-758-6822