Beverly J. Yuen Thompson

Associate Professor of Sociology

Phone: (518) 783‑2468
Email: bthompson@siena.edu

Beverly Jane Thompson

Degrees:

Ph.D. Sociology New School for Social Research
M.A. Sociology New School for Social Research
M.A. Women's Studies San Diego State University
B.A. Government Eastern Washington University

Bio:

Dr. Thompson earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York City. Her main research focus is in the area of visual sociology. She utilizes documentary filmmaking as a method for her sociological research.

What I love about Siena:

What I love most about Siena is the ability to have small class sizes where the students and I can have in-depth discussions where we really learn how to analyze and deconstruct the social world around us. I am also very happy to be in Rosetti Hall, where we have access to computers in the classroom so that students can utilize the technology in their projects. By having students engage by creating websites and other online products, they are prepared for jobs that require more technological sophistication.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

Deviant Behavior 260: I love to teach this course because we get to explore marginalized communities. I also have an assortment of exciting guest speakers to bring to the classroom that makes the topics much more dynamics.



Visual Sociology 290: I love teaching this course because students get to explore and use their own visual media content to create project and research social problems.

Professional Experience:

Associate Professor and Chair Siena College 2015 - Now
Assistant Professor Siena College 2010 - 2015
Assistant Professor Texas Woman's University 2008 - 2010
Visiting Assistant Professor Florida International University 2007 - 2008
Postdoctoral Fellow Florida International University 2006 - 2007

Why I chose Siena:

I chose to teach at Siena because I love the small classroom size and the relationships that are possible with the students.

My current research:

drug policy; deviant behavior; subcultures; activism

My teaching philosophy:

My teaching promotes high levels of student engagement. Discussions form the beginning of our exploration of a social topic. Rather than lecture, I ask questions. In this way, I can pinpoint student understanding of a topic and focus on areas in which they have difficulty understanding and applying sociological insight. In classes, we create technological products aimed for a public audience, such as websites and animated videos, so that students demonstrate an understanding and application of the concepts that we have discussed all semester. My teaching style requires students to be involved in the conversation and be accountable for developing their critical thinking skills.


The Price of 'Community' From Bisexual/Biracial Women's Perspectives
Journal of Bisexuality
2012
Review of Mothers without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and the Consequences of Welfare Reform
Journal of Asian American Studies, vol. 12
2009
The Global Justice Movement's Use of Jail Solidarity as a Response to Police Repression and Arrest: An Ethnographic Study
Qualitative Inquiry
2007
Working it Off: Welfare Reform, Workfare and Work Experience Programs in New York City
Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society, vol. 5
Spring, 2003
Towards a Multiracial/Bisexual Theory
Thamyris' Mythmaking From Past to Present, vol. 7
2000
Fence Sitters, Switch Hitters, and Bi-Bi Girls: An Exploration of Hapa and Bisexual Girls
Frontiers A Journal of Women Studies, vol. xxi
June, 2000
 $2,490 for research entitled "Facing Student Loans: Sentenced to Debt" 
category: Research
COTFD at Siena, 2014
 I was awarded a grant of $300 to buy software for use in the classroom-- GoAnimate.com-- and will present student outcomes at a faculty event during the end of Spring 2014 
category: Teaching
Center for Teaching and Learning, 2014
 $2,490.00 for research supporting work on the manuscript Covered Women: Navigating the Social Stigma of Ink, by NYU Press, forthcoming 2014 
category: Research
COTFD at Siena College, 2012
 $5,000.00 
category: Research
Siena College, 2010
 Award for Covered documentary 
category: Other
Nevada Film Festival, 2010
 $600
category: Research
Texas Woman's University, 2009
 $5,000.00
category: Research
Texas Woman's University, 2009
 $10,000.00
category: Research
Florida International University, 2006
850 euros
3 week summer research program in Germany 
category: Research
Viadrina Summer University, 2005
 $5,000.00 
category: Research
Observatorie Social International, 2001
Covered in Ink: Women, Tattoos, and the Politics of the Body
NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814789209
2015
Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: Contemporary Readings
2012
Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules
Vanderbilt University Press
2011
Feminist Activism in the Academy
McFarland Press
2010
'Covering' At Work: Dress Code Policies, Tattoos, and the Law
2016
BodyHacking Con, Austin, Texas
Marijuana Legalization in the United States and Its Impacts
2016
International Sociological Association 3rd Forum, Vienna, Austria, Unknown
Covered in Ink: Tattoos, Women and the Politics of the Body
2015
International Sociological Association; Research Committee on The Body in the Social Sciences, Rome, Italy, Unknown
Technology and the Profession
2014
Eastern Sociological Society Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland
Documentary Film as Sociological Theory
2014
International Visual Sociology Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Documenting Sex Workers
2012
University Film Video Association, Chicago, Illinois
Documenting Sex Workers
2012
International Visual Sociology Association, Brooklyn, New York
Visually Documenting a BDSM Dungeon
2012
Eastern Sociological Society, New York, New York
Emotions, Subjectivity and Storytelling
2012
Emotions and Edges Conference, Buffalo, New York
The Making of Covered
2011
International Visual Sociology Association, Vancouver, Canada-British Columbia
Women of Color, Ethnic Tattoos, and Family Reactions
2010
Women & Girls of Color: History, Heritage, Heterogeneity, New Haven, Connecticut
The Making of Covered
2010
Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Making of Covered
2010
Pacific Sociological Association, Oakland, California
The Making of Covered
2010
Battleground States 2010: War(s) and Peace, Bowling Green, Ohio
The Making of Covered
2010
American Culture Association Conference and Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ethnographer Behind Bars: Arrested Activists, the General Jail Population, and Social Integration
2009
International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, Illinois
On Public Skin: The History of Gender Resistance and Narrating Identity Through Tattooing
2009
Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, California
Centering 'Reproductive Justice': Transitioning from Abortion Rights to Social Justice
March, 2009
Gender Studies Symposium, Portland, Oregon
Defending A Choice for Women: A Feminist Video Ethnography
April, 2008
Southeast Women's Studies Association, Charlotte, North Carolina
Defending A Choice for Women: Creating Feminist Ethnographic Documentaries for the Classroom
February, 2008
Sociologists for Women in Society, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Global Justice Movement and Ethnographic Methodology
November, 2005
Oral History Association, Providence, Rhode Island
The Politics of Bisexual and Mixed Race Identity within the Feminist Community
June, 2005
National Women's Studies Association, Orlando, Florida
Jane WTO: Direct Action, Jail Solidarity, and the Global Justice Movement
June, 2005
National Women's Studies Association, Orlando, Florida
Ethnography and the Global Justice Movement
2005
International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, Illinois
Mass Arrest, Jailed Protesters, and the Work of Law Collectives.
2004
New England Sociological Association, Beverly, Massachusetts
The Global Justice Movement and Ethnographic Methodology
2004
SUNY Stony Brook Ethnography Conference, Stony Brook, New York
Jane Doe: Jail Solidarity and the Global Justice Movement
2004
Global Studies Association, Waltham, Massachusetts
Legal Workers, Law Students, and Law Collectives
2002
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention, Pasadena, California
Alternatives to Western Developmentalism: History and Theory
2002
History Matters: Area Studies, Cultural Values, and the History of Uneven Development Conference, New York, New York
Jane Doe: Jail Solidarity in the Anti-Corporate Globalization Movement
2002
Women's History Month Conference, Bronxville, New York
A Box Within A Box: Multiple Heritages in Spoken Word
2001
Asian Pacific America: Mixing It Up Month at the Museum, New York, New York
The Politics of Bisexual/Biracial Identity
2000
Women's History Graduate Program Conference, Bronxville, New York
Transgressing the Socially Constructed Boundaries of Racial and Sexual Identity: Bisexual and Multiracial Asian/Pacific Islander Women in the Monoculture
1999
National Women's Studies Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Transgressing the Socially Constructed Boundaries of Racial and Sexual Identity: Bisexual and Multiracial Asian/Pacific Islander Women in the Monoculture
1999
Boundaries in Question: Geographies of Feminism Annual Graduate Student Conference, Berkeley, California
Being Bi in a Mono-Culture: Towards a More Inclusive Perspective on Race and Sexuality
1998
Annual San Diego State University Crisis Carnival Conference, San Diego, California
Who Owns the Language of Struggle: Have Lesbians and Gays Appropriated the Language of Civil Rights
1998
National Women's Studies Association, Oswego, New York
The Feminist Debates Around Pornography
1997
Women's Studies Lecture Series, Cheney, Washington