Katherine Thompson

Research Interests Linguistic anthropology, Language ideology, Urban anthropology, Hip-Hop, Youth, Poetics, Higher education, Anthropology of the state


Areas of Interest

My research focuses on how college students and young adults make sense of their identities, lives, and futures in the midst of urban precarity and tumultuous politics. I work with young adult poets in Chicago to understand how they use written and spoken words, shared across informal networks, to think with and shape their subjectivities as raced, classed, gendered participants in urban institutions and political processes. 

Previous Degrees

  • M.A. in Anthropology from Brown University (2018)
  • M.Ed in Higher Education from Iowa State University (2014)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University (2012)
  • A.B. in African Studies from Harvard College (2010)