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WILLIAM THOMSON

Curriculum Vitae

(Fall 2017)

 

Education

2015         Ph.D. Socio-Cultural Anthropology,
New York University

2010         M.Phil. Socio-Cultural Anthropology,
New York University

2008         M.A. Socio-Cultural Anthropology,
New York University

1999         B.A. Asian Languages and Literature, cum laude,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1999         B.A. Journalism, cum laude,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Appointments

2017-18   Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Residence,
Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2016-17   Postdoctoral Fellow,
Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2015-16   Research Affiliate,
Department of Anthropology,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Grants

2011-12   Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF),
Social Science Research Council

2010-11   Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG),
National Science Foundation

2010-11   Doctoral Dissertation Fieldwork Grant,
Wenner-Gren Foundation

Papers and Publications

Journal Articles and Essays

2017        Thomson, William, “Masculinity at Its Margins: Migrant Construction Work in China” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 45: 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2017), Precarious Work Issue, 306-320
(In Press).

2014        Thomson, William, “Mr. December,” CLOG Architecture Quarterly, Volume “Rem,” 81-82

2010        Thomson, William, “A Conversation with Director James Cameron” (Interview), Anthropology Now, Vol. 2, No. 3: 61-64

2009         Thomson, William, “Human Terrain: Hearts and Minds, Bullets and Bodies,” (Graphic Essay), Anthropology Now, Vol. 1, No. 1: 54-55

Workshop, Invited Talks, and Conference Paper Presentations

2017         "Scrapbooking: Praxis and Poetics," Making Sensory Ethnography (MSE), Anthropology Department, University of Michigan

2017         “Anthropological Methods: Fieldwork Research Introduction,” Opening Lecture in the International Joint Workshop: “China Urbanization Research: Urban Re-Patching,”
University of Miami / Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture

2016         “Working Drawings: The Changing Face of Chinese Urban Labor,” Conference Paper,
Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association

2016         “Building on Dreams: Chinese Construction Workers, Rural-Urban Development, and the Making of Masculinity,” Noon Lecture Series, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2016         “China Builds: Technological Mediations, Design and Labor, and Emerging Chinese Architecture,” Technology in Modern East Asia Workshop, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK

2016         “Migrant Zones – Economic Growth, Urbanization, and Spaces of Identity in China,”
Invited Presentation, Rural‐Urban Dynamics and Emergent Forms of Labor in India and China Workshop, CeMEAS Centre for Modern East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany

2016         Spatial Politics of Work Group. Invited Workshop, The India China Institute at the New School for Social Research, New York

2014         “Modou: Enchanted Objects of Architecture,” Invited Workshop Presentation, New Horizons in the History of Modern East Asian Science and Technology Workshop, Harvard University, Department of the History of Science

2014         “Transformational Zones: Continuities and Discontinuities in Chinese Economic Zones” Invited Workshop Presentation, Zonal Logics of Modernity Workshop, The New School and New York University

2013         “Spaces for Building Workers: On the Boundary of the Labor Process and Commodity Architecture in Urban China,” Conference Paper, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association

2011         “Sacrifice to Build the Future: Personal and National Contributions in Construction”
Invited Workshop Presentation, Urban Ambitions Summer Institute, Shanghai, The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Shanghai University

2011         “China’s Construction Middlemen: Mediating Global Capital and Rural Labor to Make New Urban Space,” Conference Paper, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association

2010         “Rewriting the City: Private Space Through Words of the State,” Conference Paper, Panel: The Privatization of Public Space, American Association of Geographers

2010         “Building Rural-Urban Difference,” Presentation Paper, The Agrarian Question and Modernization Workshop, NYU East Asian Studies Departmental Conference

2009         “Designing China: Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory,” Invited Participant, UC Humanities Research Institute and Parsons School of Design, Shanghai, China

Awards

2006-12   MacCracken Doctoral Fellowship,
New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Science

2011         Critical Languages Scholarship Alumni Development Award,
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

2008         Critical Languages Scholarship, Advanced Mandarin,
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

2008         Sustainability Taskforce Green Grant for Individual Initiatives,
New York University

2000         Phi Beta Kappa,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1999         Kappa Tau Alpha - Journalism Honors,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1999         Commonwealth Honors,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1996         Stonewall LGBT Community Service Award,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Editorial Positions

2007-10   Online Editor and Editorial Assistant
Anthropology Now, Paradigm Press

2006-07   Technical and Editorial Assistant, Material World Blog
New York University and University College London

Service and Administration

2017-18   Chinese Studies Interdisciplinary Workshop – Faculty Convener. Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor      

2017         Invited Speaker, World History and Literature Initiative, “Resistance.” Title VI Educational Program for Teachers. Talk title: “Building Resistance – Chinese Construction and Forms of Protest,”
University of Michigan

2017         Invited Speaker, UPR-UM Symposium, San Juan, PR. Title VI Educational Program for Teachers. Talk title: “Peripheral Citizens - Domestic Migration in China and the US." 
University of Puerto Rico

2013         Global Idea Exchange Fellow, NYU Global Programs,
New York University-Shanghai

2013         Member of the Sustainability Taskforce, Social/Cultural Working Group,
New York University

2008         Graduate Teaching Certificate,
NYU Center for Teaching Excellence

2004         Organizer and Co-Leader, International Journalist Training Program,
Dubrovnik Training Institute Workshop, WBUR Public Radio / U.S. Department of State

Courses Taught

2017         Encountering China in Architecture, as Site, Theory and Method (Arch 509)
Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2017         Honors Thesis Research Seminar and Writing Workshop (Anthrcul 497)
Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2017         Design and Power (Anthrcul 458, Arch 509)
Department of Anthropology, and Department of Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2015         Human Society and Culture,
Undergraduate introductory class,
Department of Anthropology, New York University

2012         Design and Anthropological Ethnography,
Graduate seminar, bilingual instruction, Co-Instructor, Elective Seminar, with Prof. Zhao Pei, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology

2011         Introduction to Euro-American Anthropological Theory,
Elective Graduate Seminar, Fall Semester, Shaanxi Normal University, Northwest Ethnology Center, Xian, China

Professional Employment

Journalism and Media

2000-05   Online News Producer and Editor,
WBUR 90.9 Public Radio, Boston, Massachusetts

1999-00   Senior Multimedia Producer,
Digital Lava Video, Marina del Rey, California

Digital Media Projects

Vote by Issue, Civic Journalism Online Elections Platform (lead),

- Licensing: PBS The News Hour, 2004; WBUR Public Radio, Boston-2004, 2006, 2008; KQED Public Radio, San Francisco-2004; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 2005; Yahoo!-UK-2005

- #US 20040167882 A1, Patent Application, Thomson, William B; Smith, William, “System and method for determining a user preference for a candidate,” Boston University

- Honorable mention, Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism, Poynter Institute, Cyberjournalist, and J-Lab. (2004)

CookingFire, Food Culture Blog, Mention: About.com “Ten Best Food Blogs” (2005)

Legal Translator, WBUR, Legal Text Digital Reading Platform (2003)