Katrina Daly Thompson


Department: Department of African Cultural Studies
Website: https://african.wisc.edu/people/faculty/thompson

Research Interests:

In Thompson’s first monograph, Zimbabwe’s Cinematic Arts: Language, Power, Identity  (Indiana University Press, 2012), she used critical discourse analysis to examine how cultural identity is produced, performed, and negotiated in talk and texts about film and television in Zimbabwe. Her next book, Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean: Islam, Marriage, and Sexuality on the Swahili Coasta co-edited volume with Erin Stiles from Ohio University Press (2015), brought together anthropologists, historians, linguists, and gender studies scholars to examine Islam, sexuality, gender, and marriage on the Swahili coast and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean. Thompson’s second monograph, Popobawa: Tanzanian Talk, Global Misreadings (Indiana University Press, 2017), concerned the transgression of discursive taboos and cultural boundaries of gender and sexuality in Swahili talk about the supernatural.

Thompson’s current research focus is a multi-sited ethnography of progressive Muslim communities of practice in North America and online.

Selected Courses
AFRICAN 407: Critical Approaches to Multilingualism
AFRICAN 500: Language in Society in Africa
AFRICAN 575: Methods of Teaching African Languages: Theory and Practice
AFRICAN 670: Theories and Methods of Learning a LCTL
AFRICAN 697: Monitored Self-Instruction of an African Language
AFRICAN 671: Multilanguage Seminar
AFRICAN 701: Critical Approaches to Multilingualism
AFRICAN 703: Topics in Teaching African Languages: Communicative Lesson PlanningFlipped Classes and Blended Learning
AFRICAN 705: Teaching Portfolio
AFRICAN 804: Critical Applied Linguistics Working Group
AFRICAN 925: Field Methods (Literary Ethnography)