Lisa B. Thompson

Lisa B. Thompson is the author of the book Beyond The Black Lady: Sexuality And The New African American Middle Class (University of Illinois Press, 2009) which received Honorable Mention in competition for the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize from the National Women's Studies Association. Her scholarship has appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Finding A Way Home: A Critical Assessment Of Walter Mosley’s Fiction (University Press of Mississippi, 2008), and From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances (Wayne State University Press, 2011). She is also the author of several plays including Single Black Female (Samuel French, Inc., 2012) which has been produced throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Thompson is the recipient of fellowships and research support from Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the University of California’s Office of the President, Michele R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, UCLA's Center for African American Studies, the Five Colleges Inc., the United University Professions and Stanford University's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

Dr. Thompson is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and Department of English.

Areas of Expertise

African American Literature, Film, Cultural Studies, Black Feminist Theory, Contemporary Black Theatre and Performance