Charles Thompson

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Cultural Anthropology


1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705


(919) 660-3657

My research is centered on critical food studies at the nexus where food justice and immigration meet, with particular linkages to Latin America and the U.S. South.  I am a filmmaker, photographer, oral historian, and writer.   My projects (both completed and current) address such topics as immigration, farmworkers, the US/Mexico border, the US South and its agricultural history, farm foreclosures, and food access.  For more about my work, please see my website:   My latest book, Border Odyssey: Travels Along the US/Mexico Divide (Texas, 2015) is an ethnography and memoir about my travel along the 2,000-mile line that marks the division between the two countries.  My photographs and recent film work and an interactive map that accompany the book are here:


  • Ph.D. 1998, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • M.A. 1994, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • M.S. 1984, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

  • B.A. 1979, Emory & Henry College