Tok Thompson, Ph.D.

thompson, t..pngTok Thompson, Ph.D. (Prof. of Anthropology, USC)

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FEATURED IN:

3.1 – Aliens & the Old West (7.28.11)
3.14 – Aliens & the Undead (10.26.11)

5.6 – Secrets of the Tombs (1.25.13)
5.12 – The Monoliths (4.19.13)
5.13 – The Power of Three (9.30.13)
5.16 – Magic of the Gods (10.21.13)
5.18 – Alien Creations (11.1.13)
5.19 – Emperors, Kings, & Pharaohs (11.8.13)

7.6 – Alien Resurrections (12.5.14)

8.5 – The Alien Evolution (8.21.15)
8.7 – Creatures of the Deep (9.4.15)

9.7 – The Wisdom Keepers (6.24.16)

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ABOUT:

Tok Thompson was born and raised in rural Alaska. At the age of 17, he began attending Harvard College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. In 1999 he received a Master’s degree in Folklore from the University of California, Berkeley, and three years later received a PhD in Anthropology from the same institution, all the while studying under the late great folklorist Alan Dundes. After receiving his PhD, Tok engaged in a two-year postdoctoral position with the Centre for Irish-Scottish Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, where he helped launch a new M.Phil. in Translation Studies. He also researched Irish language traditions in County Fermanagh on behalf of the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and the District Council of Fermanagh. In the Fall of 2006, Tok came to USC, where he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in folklore and related topics. Additionally, he has taught folklore as a visiting professor at universities in Northern Ireland, Iceland, and Ethiopia. While still in graduate school, he co-founded and co-edited the journal Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture, which he co-edited for 15 years. From 2013-2017 he was the editor for Western Folklore. He is currently working on a textbook for World Mythology (with Greg Schrempp), and a casebook entitled Posthuman Folklore. [1] 

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[1] https://dornsife.usc.edu/cf/faculty-and-staff/faculty.cfm?pid=1012737

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