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Debra Thompson

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Assistant Professor

Political Science
213 Bentley Annex

Debra Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohio University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto (2010) and was a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Government and Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University in 2010-2011. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of race and ethnic politics, comparative politics and public policy, including: the politics of race; race and public policy; diaspora and transnational studies; race and American/comparative political development; education policy; and critical race theory. Dr. Thompson is currently revising a book manuscript, which is under review at Cambridge University Press. The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census is a comparative study of how and why the United States, Great Britain and Canada developed racial classifications on their national censuses, telling a story of the ways that politics construct the very concept of race. The Schematic State explores similarities and differences over time and space, tracing the transnational ideas and state-level institutions that have influenced the census, changing it from an instrument historically used to manage and control racial populations to its contemporary purpose as an important source of statistical information, employed for egalitarian ends. Thompson is also working on a comparative project that examines the rise and fall of affirmative action policies and programs around the world, especially in institutions of higher education. Dr. Thompson's work has appeared in journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Canadian Journal of Political Science, and Social and Legal Studies, and she was recently awarded the 2011 Governor General of Canada's Academic Gold Medal.

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