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Associate Professor, Performance, Toronto Metropolitan University

Cheryl Thompson is an Associate Professor in Performance at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University and Director/Creative Lead of The Laboratory for Black Creativity and its principle project, Mapping Ontario’s Black Archives (MOBA), funded through an Ontario Early Researcher Award. She is the author of "Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada's Black Beauty Culture," and "Uncle: Race, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Loyalty." She writes at the intersections of race, media, and performance. She has co-edited a book, "Creative Industries in Canada," with Miranda Campbell. Cheryl's fourth book, Canada & The Blackface Atlantic will be published in 2024.


  • 2023–present
    Associate professor, Toronto Metropolitan University


  • 2015 
    McGill University , Communication Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Ontario Early Researcher Award
    Funding Source:
    Ontario Government


Member, the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists