Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.
Professor, Afroamerican and African Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Professor, History, Residential College.
Ph.D., Princeton University
Dr. Thompson has conducted research and written on the history of policing and mass incarceration, and the current criminal justice system. Her recent award-winning book, Blood in the Water, focuses on the history and legacy of the Attica Prison Rebellion in 1971.
Thompson, Heather Ann. 2010. Speaking Out: Activism and Protest in the 1960s and 1970s. Boston: Prentice Hall.
Thompson, Heather Ann. 2013. "Unmaking the Motor City in the Age of Mass Incarceration." Journal of Law in Society, 15(1): 41-61.
Thompson, Heather Ann. 2013. "Writing the Perilously Recent Past: The Historian's Dilemma." Perspectives on History, October 2013.
Thompson, Heather Ann. 2011. "Rethinking Working-Class Struggle through the Lens of the Carceral State: Toward a Labor History of Inmates and Guards." Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 8(3): 15-45. DOI. Abstract.