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Cheryl Thompson

Cheryl Thompson

Assistant Professor
DepartmentCreative Industries


Cheryl Thompson is an Assistant Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University in the School of Creative Industries. She is author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture. She previously held a Banting postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. Dr. Thompson’s essays have appeared in Emergent Feminisms: Challenging a Post-Feminist Media Culture, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Journal of History Annales canadiennes d'histoire (CJH/ACH), and Feminist Media Studies. She has also published articles in The Conversation, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Spacing, Herizon’s Magazine, Halifax Coast, and She grew up in Scarborough, and currently resides in Toronto.

Thompson, C. (2019). Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site and creolization: the material and visual culture of archival memory. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 12(3), 304-319.

Thompson, C. (2020). [Review of the book Selfie generation: How our self-images are changing our notions of privacy, sex, consent, and culture, by A. Eler]. Herizons, 34(1), 34.

Thompson, C. (2020, April 19). Cardi B says ‘shit is gettin’ real’ as coronavirus pandemic reveals cracks in celebrity capitalism. The Conversation.

Thompson, C. (2020, February 26). Beverly Mascoll, a trailblazing Black entrepreneur. Spacing Toronto.

Thompson, C. (2019, November 28). Harriet Tubman film does not deserve the Twitter hate. The Conversation.

Thompson, C. (2019, October 23). Trudeau survived. Now stop pretending Canada is a diverse paradise. The New York Times.

Thompson, C. (2019, October 7). Why blackface persists and what historians can do to change it. Active History.

Thompson, C. (2019, September 19). Why Trudeau’s ‘brownface’ photo is not shocking. The Star.