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Dr. Josh Thompson (he/him)

Professor Early Childhood Education

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Office Location: EdSouth 204

Office Hours: By appointment

Phone: 903-886-5537


Professional Vita





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Anti-Racist - "In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” Angela Davis (UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor Emerita)

"While some may ... push for more minority teachers, I argue that here must also be a concerted effort to improve the teaching of white teachers who are already teaching in these schools, as well as those who aspire to teacher there, to challenge the "white folks' pedagogy" that is being practiced by teachers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds" (Emdin, 2016, p. ix).

While much of my writing, teaching, presenting, and publishing over the decades is grounded in this work, more recent activities, particularly those in collaboration with Dr. Lindsey L. Wilson have accentuated Anti-bias/Anti-Racist themes.


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June 2-5, 2024

New Orleans, LA, US



Wilson, L., & Thompson, J. (November 2023). Black Dads are Welcome in the Learning Community of their Children. FEATURED SESSION NAEYC, Nashville, TN.

Wilson, L. & Thompson, J. (2023). Welcoming Black Fathers: Action Steps and Reflections on Becoming Culturally Competent. Texas Rising Star Conference, Dallas, Texas. July 8, 2023. Handout.PDF. Presentation:

Wilson, L., & Thompson, J. (2023). Black Fathers Belong. NAECTE Virtual Conference. June 12, 2023.

Wilson, L. & Thompson, J. (2022). Welcoming Black Dads: Action Steps and Reflections on Becoming Culturally Competent. Young Children, 77(4), 26-34.

Wilson, L.L., & Thompson, J. (2021). From breadwinner to nurturer: Changing images of fathers in the media. Journal of Education and Social Justice, 7(1), 73-91.

Wilson, L.L., & Thompson, J. (2020). Critical race theory and African American fatherhood: Countering the mainstream narrative. Journal of African American Males in Education, 12(1), pp. 89-106.

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How to be an Anti-Racist Montessori Teacher


A Book Study by the faculty of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Fall 2021

Emdin, C. (2016). For white folks who teach in the hood ... and the rest of y'all too: Reality pedagogy and urban education. Beacon Press.

Led by Michelle Anderson


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