Dr. Cheryl Thompson is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in the School of Creative Industries. She is the author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture (2019) and Uncle: Race, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Loyalty (2021). In 2020, she assumed the role of co-director of The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought (SMACT), a laboratory for some of Canada’s most compelling media scholars, artists, and activists.
Dr. Thompson currently holds a SSHRC-Insight Development Grant (2019-2022) and a SSHRC-Connections Grant (2020-2022). Her research interests include critical race studies, media and cultural studies, celebrity and promotional culture, digital technologies, Black archives, beauty culture history, theatre and performance studies. She is currently co-editing a book on Canada's Creative Industries with Dr. Miranda Campbell.