Dr. Carmen Thompson

Dr. Carmen ThompsonAdjunct Assistant Professor

Parkmill 250  |  mcarmen@pdx.edu

Ph.D., U.S. History, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (2012)
M.A., African American Studies, Columbia University (2004)

FIELDS:  Slavery, Early African American History, Race & Ethnicity in America, Black Women in the West, The Great Migration

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Dr. Carmen Thompson is a historian of early African American history, specializing in Black life in the first half of the seventeenth century and the transatlantic slave trade.  A native Oregonian, Dr. Thompson has taught a wide range of courses at Portland State University and Portland Community College, including Introduction to Black Studies, Introduction to African American History, Introduction to History, the U.S. History and African American History survey, and Race and Racism.  Dr. Thompson holds a Master’s degree in African American Studies from Columbia University in New York and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Dr. Thompson’s research interests include the history of slavery and the slave trade in the early America and Pre-colonial West Africa, early African American history, race and racism in America, and the Great Migration.  Dr. Thompson is committed to student success and completion, particularly in underserved and underrepresented communities.  In furtherance of these goals, Dr. Thompson has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Oregon Historical Quarterly Advisory Board, the Oregon Women’s History Consortium, and the Black Studies Department Curriculum Committee.  She has also been active in the campus community, advising a number of student organizations including, Portland Community College’s Women of Color Club and their Multicultural Center’s student-led research project on Campus Climate.  Dr. Thompson counts among her many awards, The Social Justice Comrade Award, presented to her in June 2014 from Portland Community College’s Multicultural Center, “For (her) support of student leadership and educational equity.”      


Forthcoming book (Sept. 2018) - " American Whiteness"

Article: “Life in Africa.” in Thomson Gale’s Gale Library of Daily Life: Slavery in America, I, II (December 2007).

Article: “Capture,” in Thomson Gale’s Gale Library of Daily Life: Slavery in America, I, II (December 2007).

Article: “The Middle Passage” in Thomson Gale’s Gale Library of Daily Life: Slavery in America, I, II (December 2007).

Book Review of Jeff Forret’s, Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside. Journal of African American History 92, no. 3 (Summer 2007): 433-35.

Article: “Introduction to Whiteness" and "Histories of Whiteness." In Toward a Bibliography of Whiteness, edited by Tim Engles. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.

The Race Riot of 1930. Portland: McNeal Publishing Co., 2002.