Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies

Office: 541-737-5742

Waldo Hall

Waldo Hall 254

2250 SW Jefferson Way

2250 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Professional Affiliations: 

Executive Board, local chapter of the NAACP

Honors and Awards: 

Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs 2002 OABA Education Award

  • Charles Maxey Leadership Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, 2004
  • Co-editor. Oregon Mosaic: A Multiethnic History of the State [Forthcoming]
  • "Learning through Listening: Applying and Action Learning Model to a Cross-Cultural Field Study Experience in Native America." International Journal of Intercultural Relations (March, 2004), pp. 165-180. [With Dwaine Plaza and Kurt Peters].
  • "Atlas of the Pacific Northwest." Gordon Matzke, ed., Population, Oregon State University Press, 2003.

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Dr. Robert Thompson is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies. Dr. Thompson received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He taught at University of Santa Cruz before assuming his present position at Oregon State University.

Trained as a Sociologist, Dr Thompson specializes in African American history, African American Political and Social Though in the Early Twentieth Century, Contemporary African American Social and Political Discourse, Racial Patterns of Urbanization, Black Political Literature, and Black Popular Culture.

Dr. Thompson is co-author of "Learning through listening: applying an action learning model to a cross-cultural field study experience in Native America,"(2004), and is author of "Population," Atlas of the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Thompson serves as co-advisor faculty of the African Students Association, faculty advisor of the Black Cultural Center, among many other university and community services

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Affiliated with: 
Sch Lang, Culture & Soc
Courses Taught: 

Professor Thompson has developed and offered the following courses at OSU:

  • ES 101 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • ES 201 - Inventing Ethnic America
  • ES 221 - Survey of African American Studies I
  • ES 222 - Survey of African American Studies II
  • ES 223 - Survey of African American Studies III
  • ES 199 - MLK Jr. The Teacher
  • ES 321 - African American Political and Social Thought in the 20th Century
  • ES 323 - Contemporary African American Social Discourse
  • ES 451/551 - Theories of Race and Ethnicity
  • ES 458/558 - Racial Patterns of Urbanization
Research/Career Interests: 

Affiliated MPP Faculty

Policy Areas: Contemporary African American social and political discourse; racial patterns of urbanization.

PhD: University of California, Santa Cruz

My Publications


Journal Article

Thompson, R, and Dwaine Plaza. Learning Through Listening: Applying An Action Learning Model To A Cross-Cultural Field Study Experience In Native America. International Journal of Intercultural Relations International Journal of Intercultural Relations 28.2 (2004): 165 - 180. Print. International Journal Of Intercultural Relations International Journal Of Intercultural Relations.
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No Concentration
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