Dr. Debra Thompson is an associate professor of political science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is an internationally recognized, award-winning scholar of the politics of race and holds a Canada Research Chair in Racial Inequality in Democratic Societies. Thompson completed her PhD at the University of Toronto, held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, and taught in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University before moving to the University of Oregon to help build its Black Studies program. Her previous book, The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census, received three major awards from the American Political Science Association. Thompson has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and is a regular commentator in print and on television on the state of race and racism in Canada and the United States.