Bard Faculty

Drew Thompson

Assistant Professor of Africana and Historical Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Africana Studies, Experimental Humanities, Global and International Studies, Historical Studies


B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota. Previously taught at Williams College as the Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation Fellow in History and Art. Recipient of fellowships from Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, Getty Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Fulbright–Institute of International Education, Luso-American Development Foundation, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, and has participated in residencies at the International Research Centre “Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History (re:work)” at Humboldt University, the Institute of African Studies at Universität Bayreuth, the Center for Humanities Research at University of the Western Cape, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art. Researches and teaches on colonial and contemporary Sub-Saharan African history with topical focus on liberation movements, technology, and methods of visual history and postcolonial theory. Peer-reviewed essays have appeared in Kronos and Social Dynamics, and he published a review essay and review in African Studies Review and History of Photography, respectively. Peer-reviewer for Social Dynamics and Critical Interventions. Currently working on a book manuscript titled Photography’s Bureaucracy: Constructing Colony and Nation in Mozambique, 1960 to Recent Times. At Bard since 2013.


Phone: 845-758-6822
Location: Hopson
Office: 303