Selected Publications


Zero is the whole I fall into at night. Poetry manuscript. Main Street Press, 2011. Finalist for the Main Street Poetry Prize. A chapbook from the volume won the 2011 Creative Justice Poetry Prize.

When the Center is on Fire: Passionate Social Theory for Our Times, co-authored with Diane Harriford. University of Texas Press. June, 2008. This book examines key 19th and 20th century sociological concepts while reframing them to make them relevant to understand 21st century social upheavals including Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 attack, the Abu Ghraib prison abuses and the Columbine massacre. The book considers the work of Marx, Du Bois, Durkheim, and Weber along with contemporary theory offered by Anzaldúa, Collins, Lorde, and others.

Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora, co-edited with Randall Horton and Michael Hunter. Third World Press, 2007. An international, multicultural anthology of literary criticism, poetry, fiction, visual art, and literary nonfiction on HIV/AIDS. Publication date to coincide with the Gwendolyn Brooks Conference and World AIDS Day (25th year commemoration). Adapted into a play that premiered in Chicago and at the National Black Theater, Harlem, New York. March, 2008.

A Promise and a Way of Life: White Antiracist Activism. University of Minnesota Press, 2001. A social movement history of antiracist activism from the 1950s to the present in the U.S.

Mothering Without a Compass: White Mother’s Love, Black Son’s Courage.  University of Minnesota Press, 2000. Book on interracial mothering, open adoption, sexuality, socialization, and loving. Chosen by the Book of the Month Club for their gay and lesbian series (Insight Out).

Names We Call Home: Autobiography on Racial Identity edited by Becky Thompson and Sangeeta Tyagi. New York: Routledge, Kegan and Paul, 1996. A twenty-six chapter volume of original autobiographical essays by scholars and activists about racial identity formation. Authors include: Angela Davis, June Jordan, Ruth Frankenberg, Cherríe Moraga, David Wellman and others.

A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: A Multiracial View of Women’s Eating Problems.Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 1994. Paperback, 1996. Fifth printing. A feminist theory of the effects of trauma on women’s embodiment based on life history interviews with African American, Latina and white women. A featured  book at the American Booksellers’ Association 1994 convention and selected for re-publication by the Quality Paperback Book Club. Awarded support from the Margaret Hartley Fund for Excellence in writing by and about women.

Beyond a Dream Deferred: Multicultural Education and the Politics of Excellence edited by Becky Thompson and Sangeeta Tyagi. Foreword by Derrick Bell. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. A thirteen-chapter multidisciplinary anthology offering progressive perspectives on multicultural education. Includes chapters by Margaret Andersen, Estelle Disch,Troy Duster, Evelynn Hammonds, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Chandra Mohanty, Barbara Omolade, Cornel West and several other theorists.

Book in progress:
Survivors on the Mat: Yoga Stories for those Healing from Trauma. The book chronicles the struggles and hopes of people who are practicing yoga as a way to heal from a range of traumas (sexual abuse, war, illness, loss, disaster, addiction, etc.). Survivors is the first accessibly-written book for both yoga and trauma audiences. Under review.

Justonics Sequence: A book of prose (definition) poems that takes the last names of activists and artists and turns them into verbs as in, to mandela, to du bois, to aung san suu kyi. Justonics is a playful, serious vocabulary to be added to spoken language, a semiotics of meditation and action.

Sometimes Tremble, Sometimes Laugh: A young adult novel chronicling the lives of teen parents from a Mormon background in the southwest raising a daughter who wants to fly in her dreams and her younger toughy-two-shoes sister.

Published poetry and poetry reviews:
“In the name of Troy Davis: A Yogini’s Plaintiff Prayer,” Tidal Basin Review, summer, 2012.

“Requiem for Moby” and “A Mourning Morning” in The New Sound, Spring 2012.

”To Marx,” “When Home Girls Were Still Alive,” “Terminal,” and “You Can Borrow My Mother,” published as featured poet in Slush Pile Magazine. Fall, 2010.

“Undressing,” “Boxing in the Academy” and “Dressed for America,” in Tidal Basin Review, Fall/Winter 2010.

“For Harvey Milk” set to music for project dedicated to Harvey Milk. See or

“History in the Water,” in Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy, Joanne V. Gabbin, ed. Virginia: Mariner Publishing, 2009.

“Gloria Haiku” in Bridging: How and Why Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa’s Life and Work Transformed Our Own. Academics, Activists and Artists Share their Testimonios. AnaLouise Keating and Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez, eds. University of Texas Press, forthcoming.

“To Du Bois” and “To Mandela” in The Harvard Review, summer, 2008.

“Post-Attica Visit,” in Aftershock: The Poetry of Recovery, Sante Lucia Books, Tom Lombardo, ed. 2009.

“From a Long Line of Cow Birds.” MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry. 2009.

“To Du Bois,” “History in the Water,” Beirut 2006,” “Question,” “Post-Attica Visit,” “Canopy,” in When the Center is on Fire: Passionate Social Theory for Our Times, co-authored with Diane Harriford. University of Texas Press. June, 2008

“For Harvey Milk” and “Boston in the Springtime,” in Fast Capitalism. Ben Agger, editor.

“Natural Acts,” book review of Domain of Perfect Affection by Robin Becker. Poet Lore, Fall, 2007.

“AIDS Elegy,” in Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the African Diaspora, edited by Randall Horton, Michael Hunter and Becky Thompson, 2007.

“Beirut 2006” and “Questions” in We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon, Kamal Boullata and Kathy Engel, eds. Olive Branch Press, Spring, 2007.

“Flying Lessons” in The Teacher’s Voice, Volume 2, no. 1, Spring, 2006.

“History in the Water.” Included on the CD, My Soul is Anchored and a poetry anthology, Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy, National Writing Project. Furious Flower Poetry Center. Fall, 2006.

“Tanka,” in Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing. Special Haitian Issue, August, 2006.

Becky Thompson. “A Letter to a Child Unborn” in Women’s Hands. Margorie Agosin, ed. New York: Rutgers University Press, 2006.

“History in the Water,” Amandla. Fall, 2005.

“Post-Attica Visit,” in Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. Volume 12, no. 1, 2005.

“Naptime in the Basement, in Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. Volume 12, no. 2, 2005.

Theatre based on the poetry:
Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry in Motion” based on the co-edited book by that title and directed by Kamesha Jackson, produced by the Urban Theatre Initiative and premiered at the National Black Theater in Harlem, April 2008.

Published articles and chapters in scholarly journals and books:
Becky Thompson. “Way Before the Word: Queer Studies and Race when Beauty Counts,” Feminist Studies, forthcoming.

Becky Thompson. “We are All on Native Land: Transforming Faculty Searches with Indigenous Methods.” Feminist Studies, Vol. 37, no. 3.

Becky Thompson. “Making A Way Outa No Way” in The Matrix Reader, Ferber, Jimenez, O’Reilly Herrera, and Samuels, eds, McGraw Hill, 2008; Women’s Health: Readings on Social, Economic and Political Issues, Worcester and Whatley, eds. Kendall/Hunt, all editions. Also in Reconstructing Gender: A Multicultural Anthology, edited by Estelle Disch. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 1996, 99, 02; Common Bonds, Different Voices: Race, Class and Gender, edited by Esther Ngan-Ling Chow, Doris Wilkinson and Maxine Baca Zinn. New York: Sage, 1996; Feminist Frontiers IV, edited by Laurel Richardson, Verta Taylor, and Nancy Whittier. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997.

Becky Thompson and Diane Harriford. “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud: Organizing Since Hurricane Katrina.” Fast Capitalism. 2008 4:1.

Becky Thompson and Diane Harriford. “Katrina and Historical Memory.” International Journal of the Humanities. June, 2007.

Becky Thompson. “Multiracial Feminism: Recasting the Chronology of Second Wave Feminism,” in Feminist Theory Reader (Routledge, 2013). Also in, Women’s Lives, Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey, eds. NY: McGraw-Hill, 2004, 2007. Also in Women Culture and Society, 2nd Edition. Barbara J. Balliet, ed. Kendall/Hunt Publishing. Article originally published by Feminist Studies 2002.

Becky Thompson. “Genealogy of Multiracial Feminism,” No Permanent Wave. Nancy Hewitt, ed. Rutgers University Press. Forthcoming.

Becky Thompson.  “‘El Testigo Verdadero Libra Las Almas’: The Central America Peace Movement and Antiracism.” To Do Our First Works Over: Disrupting White Supremacy from Within, Karin Case, Robin Gorsline and Jennifer Harvey, eds. Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Amy St.Martin and Becky Thompson. “In the Name of Progressive Politics: Cuban Tourism,” Race, Gender and Class. Special Issue on Privilege, Abby Ferber and Dena Samuels, eds. vol. 10, no. 4, 2003.

Becky Thompson. “Multiracial Feminism,” Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray!: Feminist Visions for a Just World, edited by Jacqui Alexander, Lisa Albrecht, Sharon Day, and Mab Segrest. San Francisco: Edgework. 2003. Reprint of chapter five of A Promise and A Way of Life.

Becky Thompson. “Multiracial Feminism: Recasting the Chronology of Second Wave Feminism,” Feminist Studies, Volume 28, no. 2. 2002.

Becky Thompson and Sohera Syeda. “Coalition Politics in Organizing for Mumia Abu-Jamal” in Feminism and Anti-Racism: International Struggles for Justice, edited by Kathleen Blee and France Winddance Twine. NY: New York University Press, 2001.

Becky Thompson. “Subverting Racism from Within: Linking White Identity to Activism,” in Becoming and Unbecoming White: Owning and Disowning a Racial Identity, edited by Christine Clark and James O’Donnell. NY: SUNY Press, 1999.

Becky Thompson. “Reflections on Ethics in Research: The Death of White Sociology Twenty Years Later.” Postscript in the re-issuing of The Death of White Sociology, edited by Joyce Ladner.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Black Classics Publications. 1998.

Becky Thompson and White Women Challenging Racism.  “Home/Work: Antiracist Activism and the Meaning of Whiteness,” in Off/White: Readings on Society, Race, and Culture, edited by Michelle Fine, Linda Powell, Lois Weis and Mun Wong. NY: Routledge, 1997.

Becky Thompson. “Childhood Lessons about Race, Class, and Gender: Culture, Food, and Growing Up Female,” in Inequalities: Readings in Diversity and Social Life, Pearson Custom Publishing, 2005. Also in Lanahan Readings in the Psychology of Women, Torri-Ann Roberts, ed. Lanahan Publishers. Also in Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders, edited by Susan Wooley, Patricia Fallon and Melanie Katzman. CA: Guilford Press, 1993.  Also in Women’s Health, edited by Worcester &Whatley. New York: Kendall-Hunt, 1999.

Becky Thompson. “Multiracial Feminist Theorizing about Eating Problems: Refusing to Rank Oppressions.” Eating Disorders: A Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Fall, 1996.

Becky Thompson. “Ethical Dimensions in Trauma Research.” The American Sociologist, Special Issue on Ethics, Law and Sociology. 1995.

Becky Thompson and Sangeeta Tyagi. “Multicultural Education and the Sociological Imagination.” Teaching Sociology. Vol. 21, no. 2, April, 1993.

Becky Thompson. “‘A Way Outa No Way’: Eating Problems Among African-American, Latina and White Women.” Gender & Society. December, 1992.

Estelle Disch and Becky Thompson. “Feminist Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppression Teaching: Two White Women’s Experiences.” Radical Teacher. Spring, 1992.

Becky Thompson and Estelle Disch.  “Teaching and Learning from the Heart.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal. Vol. 2, no. 1, Winter, 1990.

Selected additional publications:
Diane Harriford and Becky Thompson. “Vote Vision, Not Race or Gender.” Poughkeepsie Journal. Sunday edition, April 13, 2008.

Becky Thompson. “Un Hambre Tan Grande y Profundo: Desórdenes Alimenticios Y Recuperación Entre Mujeres Latinas,” and “Naming the Pain, Feeding the Soul: A Multiracial View of Women’s Eating Problems,” in Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, March, 2002.

Becky Thompson. “Beyond Nostalgia: Multiracial Roots of the Gay and Lesbian Movement,” Unity and Difference: A Journal by Writers, Artists and Students, University of California at Los Angeles. 1999.

Becky Thompson. Entry on Eating Disorders. The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History. Wilma Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, Marysa Navarro, Barbara Smith, and Gloria Steinem, eds. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.

Becky Thompson. “María Trinidad Gutiérrez and the Mexican Lesbian and Gay Movement.” Interview. Sojourner: The Women’s Forum. June, 1996.

Becky Thompson and Elly Bulkin. “The Spectacle of Race in the O.J. Simpson Case.” Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, September, 1994. Longer versions are also reprinted in Lesbian Contradictions and off our backs.

Becky Thompson. Book review of The Last Generation: Poetry and Prose, by Cherríe Moraga, in Notas: The Newsletter for the Section of Latina and Latino Sociology, March, 1994.

Becky Thompson. “Time Traveling and Border Crossing: Notes on White Identity Development.” Center for Research on Women Working Paper, University of Memphis, Spring, 1994.

Becky Thompson. “Reflections on Ethics in Research: The Death of White Sociology Revisited.” Center for Research on Women Working Paper, University of Memphis, Fall, 1993.

Becky Thompson, Book review of Transforming the Curriculum: Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, Johnnella E. Butler and John C. Walter eds.; and Transforming Knowledge, by Elizabeth Minnich, in Gender & Society, Vol. 7, no. 3, September, 1993.

Becky Thompson. Book review of Eating Disorders, by George Hsu, in Disability Studies Quarterly, Irving Kenneth Zola, ed., Fall, 1991.

Becky Thompson. Book review of Psychodynamic Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, Craig Johnson, ed., in Disability Studies Quarterly, Irving Kenneth Zola, ed., Fall, 1991.

Becky Thompson. “The Backlash Against Democratic Education: The Illiberal Construction of Imaginary Enemies.” Footnotes, Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association, Vol. 19, no. 6, August, 1991.

Becky Thompson. “Feminist Theory.” An Inclusive Curriculum: Race, Class and Gender in the Sociology Curriculum, edited by Patricia Hill Collins and Margaret Andersen. American Sociological Association Teaching Resource Center, 1988.

Becky Thompson. “Women’s Hunger and Feeding Ourselves,” Women of Power: A Magazine of Feminism, Spirituality and Politics.  Issue 11, Fall, 1988.

Becky Thompson. “Papusa Molina: Building Alliances Against Racism,” Sojourner: The Women’s Forum. Vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 16-18, November, 1988.

Becky Thompson. Books review of Look Me in the Eye: Aging and Ageism by Barbara MacDonald with Cynthia Rich, in Disability Studies Quarterly, Irving Kenneth Zola, ed., Spring, 1985.

Becky Thompson. Driving Under the Influence Instructor’s Manual: A Handbook to Educate Health Workers about Alcohol and Alcoholism. Santa Cruz Education Services, 1982.