Faculty & Staff

Courtney Thompson

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies
B.A. Hampton University; M.A. Purdue University; Ph.D. Purdue University
Courtney L. Thompson is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.  A proud Boilermaker, she earned her PhD in American Studies at Purdue University and her BA in English at Hampton University. Prior to joining the Sewanee faculty in Fall 2015, Dr. Thompson was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Africana Studies at Hamilton College, a Visiting Scholar in African American Studies at the University of Houston, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Dickinson College.
Dr. Thompson’s philosophy of teaching has been influenced by the liberal arts tradition.  The tendency within this tradition to promote an exchange of ideas that lends itself to critical and self-reflective thinking has fostered her commitment to ongoing and ‚Äčmeaningful dialogue in the classroom. Dr. Thompson is committed to inspiring her students to think independently and critically, fostering their creativity and curiosity, and affirming their ability to make a difference in the world. 
Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on political discourse in Black women’s writings. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between Black women’s progressive politics in the U.S. and democratic reform.  She is currently working on her book manuscript, tentatively titled “We Are Fighting for Democracy: Black Women Activists and the Pursuit of All Things Equal, 1920s-Present.” The book reflects her broader research interests in the African American literary tradition, American political discourse, progressive social movements, and Black feminist theory.


Courses Offered:

Toni Morrison
Black Masculinity in the U.S.
Imagining Africa
Introduction to Africana and African American Studies
Contemporary Feminist Issues