Dr. Cheryl Thompson
Dr. Cheryl Thompson was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018) in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto (St. George) and the Department of English and Drama at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). Her project was a visual, historical analysis of the system of meaning in blackface minstrelsy’s theatrical playbills, portraits, photographs, illustrations, and visual ephemera outside the traditional theatre in local spaces and places of nation-building during Canada's modern period, 1880s to 1950s. Dr. Thompson obtained her PhD in Communication Studies from McGill University. She has taught courses at St. George, UTM and the University of Toronto Scarborough on visual culture, media studies, advertising history, consumer history, promotional culture, celebrity, and black Canadian history. Her first book, Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada's Black Beauty Culture, will be published with Wilfrid Laurier Press in March 2019. This book is one of the first transnational studies of Canada’s black beauty culture and the role that media, retail, and consumers have played in its development. In addition to academia, Dr. Thompson spent eight years working professionally in the fields of professional development, liability insurance, and financial news. She was born in Toronto, raised in Scarborough and has lived in Montreal, Windsor and the United States.