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Dr. Jessica C. Thompson (download CV here)

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology (2019) and Assistant Curator of Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (2021) at Yale University
  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Emory University (2015)
  • Australian Research Council Fellow at the University of Queensland (2011)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland (2009)
  • Ph.D. Arizona State University (2008)
  • M.Phil Cambridge University (2002)
  • B.S. University of New Mexico (2000)

Edward P. Bass Distinguished Lecture

Co-sponsored event by the Yale Peabody Museum and Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies


Interview: “The Dissenter”

A tour of major research themes


TEDx talk: “Transformation by Fire”

TEDxJohannesburgSalon | LIFE: Past. Present. Future.

Want to make a lasting impact?

Contact me to find out more about the need to transform museum infrastructure in Malawi.

Malawi is a small country packed with huge significance. Ranked in the top ten places to visit in 2022 by Lonely Planet, it is home to dinosaur fossils, one of the earliest fossils of our genus Homo, some of the earliest evidence for human ecosystem management during the Stone Age, some of the most ancient human DNA in Africa, a fascinating record of early trade and agriculture, and an incredible array of modern ethnolinguistic diversity.

Yet Malawi has no National Museum that can act as a central location for curation of objects in the same space where scientists can collaborate on analyses, share findings with the public, and train the next generation of heritage workers.

Ask me more about my efforts to gather resources for a future where this is possible.

If you would rather make a charitable gift to support my research directly, please email me.

Profiles and Affiliations

Yale University Department of Anthropology

Yale Peabody Museum

Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies

National Geographic Explorer

Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University

Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny

TEDx Life Johannesburg

Trowel Blazers

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