CV: Dr. Beverly Yuen Thompson

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Beverly Yuen Thompson, Ph.D.

September 2015-current, Siena College, Associate Professor & Department Head

September 2010-May 2015, Siena College, Assistant Professor of Sociology

2008-2010 Texas Woman’s University, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies

2006-2008 Florida International University, Post-doctoral Fellow in Women’s Studies

Teaching interests: documentary filmmaking; visual ethnography; subcultures; activism.

Teaching and Research Philosophy fosters critical thinking, community involvement, social justice, and global connections.


2006 Ph.D. Sociology, New School for Social Research
2003 M.A. Sociology, New School for Social Research
1999 M.A. Women’s Studies, San Diego State University
1997 B.A. Government, Eastern Washington University
1995 A.A. General Studies, Spokane Falls Community College


Academic Publications

Accepted and Forthcoming. The Ethics of Visually Documenting Kink in One American BDSM Château. In Brandy L. Simula, ed., Kink: Pleasure, Power, & Pain in BDSM. London: Oxford University Press.

Accepted and Forthcoming. “Mi Familia: Latina Women in the U.S. Negotiate Identity and Social Sanctions through Tattooing.” In Sinah Kloss (ed), Tattoo: The Histories and Aesthetics of Embodied Imaging and Writing.

Accepted and Forthcoming. Digital nomadism: Mobility, millennials, and the future of work in the online gig economy. In editor Greg Hearn’s The Future of Creative Work, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Accepted and Forthcoming. 2019.  ‘I get my lovin’ on the run’: Digital nomads, constant travel, and nurturing romantic relationships. In editors Andrew Gorman-Murray and Catherine J Nash, The Geographies of Digital Sexualities. Australia.

2018. “The Digital Nomad Lifestyle: (Remote) Work/Leisure Balance, Privilege, and Constructed Community.” International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure. P. 1-16. article link

2018. “LA Ink: Tattooing, gender, and the casual leisure of tattoo television. International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure. article download.

2018. Women covered in ink: Tattoo collecting as serious leisure. Int J Sociol Leis. P. 1-15.  [article PDF]

2018. “‘Tattooed and beautiful?’: Tattoo collecting and embodied gender deviance.In Alternativity and Marginalisation: Essays on Subcultures, Bodies and Spaces, edited by Samantha Holland and Karl Spracklen. Bingley, West Yorkshire, UK: Emerald Press. [download]

Digital Nomads: Employment in the Online Gig Economy. In Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and innovation. Issue 2018, Vol. 1. DOI:10.12893/gjcpi.2018.1.11

With John Scott and Andrew  Fa’avale. “What can Southern Criminology Contribute to a Post-Race Agenda?” in Asian Journal of Criminology. First online 19 January 2018. [Download]

“Centering Reproductive Justice: Transitioning from Abortion Rights to Social Justice.” In Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique, edited by Loretta Ross, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples, Lynn Roberts, Pamela Bridgewater. Forward by Dorothy Roberts. New York: The Feminist Press. Published on November 14, 2017. [download]

“Good Moral Characters”: How Drug Felons Are Impacted Under State Marijuana Laws, Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice. Published March 23, 2017 online. [download]

9780814789209_fullCovered in Ink: Tattoos, Women and the Politics of the Body. New York University Press. July 2015. 

“The Challenges of Identity Formation for Bisexual-Multiracial Women of Asian/White Descent.” In Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: Contemporary Readings, Staci Newmahr & Thomas Weinberg. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2013.

The Price of ‘Community’ From Bisexual/Biracial Women’s PerspectivesJournal of Bisexuality, 12:3, 417-428, 31 August 2012.

“Myself, Covered.” In Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules. Chris Bobel & Samantha Kwan, Eds. (Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2011).  

Defending a Choice for Women. In Feminist Activism in the Academy, Ellen Mayock & Domnica Radulescu, Eds. (North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2010).

Review of Mothers Without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and the Consequences of Welfare ReformJournal of Asian American Studies 2009.

The Global Justice Movement’s Use of “Jail Solidarity” As a Response to Police Repression and Arrest: An Ethnographic Study. Qualitative Inquiry 2007. DOI: 10.1177/1077800406293240.

Jane WTO: The Global Justice Movement, Law Collectives and Jail Solidarity. New School for Social Research Sociology Dissertation 2005.

“The Price Of ‘Community:’ Bisexual/Biracial Perspectives.” In That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Ed. (New York: Soft Skull Press 2004).

Working It Off: Welfare Reform, Workfare and Work Experience Programs in New York City.Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society 2003.

Memories from a Mixed Race Childhood.” Iris: A Journal About Women 2002.

Towards A Multiracial/Bisexual Theory.Thamyris’ Mythmaking From Past to Present 2000.

Fence Sitters, Switch Hitters, and Bi-Bi Girls: An Exploration of Hapa and Bisexual Girls.Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 2000.

The Politics of Bisexual/Biracial Identity: A Study of Bisexual and Mixed Race Women of Asian/Pacific Islander Descent. San Diego State University Master’s Thesis 1999.

Public Publications (selected)

Hugh Hefner and the Feminist Sex Wars.” Sociology in Focus. 2 October 2017.

Kate Millett and Second Wave Feminism.” Sociology in Focus. 18 September 2017.

Fifty Years of Outsiders.” Sociology in Focus. 1 May 2017.

“Chick Tattoos” & Gender Performance“. Sociology in Focus. 22 February 2017.

As Marijuana Becomes Legal, The Legacy of Structural Racism Still Haunts Many.” Sociology in Focus. 6 February 2017.

On Defining My Own Identity.Multiracial Activist October/November 2000.

Being Bi in a Mono-Culture: Towards a More Inclusive Perspective on Race and Sexuality.Multiracial Activist October/November 2000.

Longing for Life Outside the Box.Multiracial Activist September 2000.

Snake.” Valdosa Voice 1998.


Conference Presentations (selected)

Panelist, “Tattooed Educators: Body Modifications, Visual Self-Presentation and Employment.” International Visual Sociology Association. University of Evry, Paris-Saclay, France.June 25-28, 2018.

Invited Speaker, “Mi Familia: Latina Women in the U.S. Negotiate Identity and Social Sanctions through Tattooing.” Tattoo: The Histories and Aesthetics of Embodied Imaging and Writing. Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies, University of Cologne, Germany. 1-2 December, 2017.

Panelist, “Digital Nomad Women: Gender, Serious Leisure, and Non-Location Based Employment.” The Australian Sociological Association. University of Western Australia, Perth. 27-30 November 2017.

Panelist, “Regulating Tattooing Practices Through State and Industry Governance.” International Meeting on Law and Society. Mexico City. June 20-23, 2017. 

Panelist, “Marijuana Policy in Jamaica.” Latin American Studies Association. Lima, Peru. April 29-May 1, 2017.

Panelist, “Marijuana Policy Liberalization in the United States and Australia.” Pacific Sociological Association. Portland, Oregon. April 6-9, 2017.

Panelist, “Marijuana Legalization in the United States and Its Impacts.” International Sociological Association 3rd Forum. Vienna, Austria. July 10-14, 2016.

Panelist, “Felony Banks in the Legal Cannabis Industry.” The Justice Studies Association National Conference. SUNY Albany, Albany, New York. June 1-4, 2016. [program]

Invited Speaker, “Women Covered in Ink.” Feminisms for the 21st Century: The Valerie J. Hoffman (’75) 2015-2016 Lecture Series. Union College, Schenectady, New York. April 28, 2016.

Invited Speaker, “‘Covering’ At Work: Dress Code Policies, Tattoos, and the Law,” BodyHacking Con. Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas. February 19-21, 2016. (program)

Panelist, “Covered in Ink: Tattoos, Women and the Politics of the Body,” International Sociological Association; Research Committee on The Body in the Social Sciences. Rome, Italy. November 27-28, 2015. (program)

Panelist & Featured Filmmaker, International Visual Sociology Association, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. June 26-28, 2014.

Panelist,  “Documentary Film as Scholarship,” Eastern Sociological AssociationHilton, Baltimore, MD. February 20-23, 2014.

Panelist, “Documenting Sex Workers.” University Film Video Association. Columbia College, Chicago, IL. August 6-9, 2012.

Panelist, “Documenting Sex Workers.” International Visual Sociology Association. St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY. July 9-11, 2012.

Panelist, Visually Documenting a BDSM Dungeon.” 82nd Annual Eastern Sociological Society Conference. Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York City, February 23-26, 2012.

Screening of Covered. New York State Sociological Association. October 2011. Siena College, Albany, NY.

The Making of Covered. International Visual Sociology Association. July 2011. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Women of Color, Ethnic Tattoos, and Family Reactions.19th Annual SCSU Women’s Studies Conference “Women & Girls of Color: History, Heritage, Heterogeneity.” April 2010. Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.

The Making of Covered. Broadcast Education Association. April 2010. Las Vegas, NV.

The Making of Covered. Pacific Sociological Association. April 2010. Oakland, CA. [video of panel]

The Making of Covered. The Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars’ Association. February 2010. Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, OH.

The Making of Covered. Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association. Albuquerque, NM. February 2010.

“Jane WTO.” Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. May 20-23, 2009.

Tattoos & Gender Identity Pacific Sociological Association. San Diego, CA. April 8-11, 2009.

Decentering choice reproductive justice.” 28th Annual Gender Studies Symposium. Lewis & Clark College. Portland, Oregon. March 11-13, 2009.

Decentering choice reproductive justice.” Texas Woman’s University. 2008. Denton, TX.

“Jane WTO.” Justice or Just Us? April 2008. Radio program on KUCI. Irvine, CA.

Defending a Choice for Women.” South East Women’s Studies Association. 2008. University of North Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sociologists for Women in Society. 2008. Las Vegas, NV.

Jane WTO Women and Civil Disobedience.” Florida International University. 2007. Miami, FL

Oral History Association. 2005. Providence, RI.

National Women’s Studies Association Conference. 2005. Orlando, Florida.

First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. 2005. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

New England Sociological Association Conference. 2004. Endicott College; Beverly, Massachusetts.

Global Studies Association. 2004. Brandeis University; Waltham, Massachusetts.

Professional Memberships

(ASA) American Sociological Association
(BEA) Broadcast Education Association
(IVSA) International Visual Sociology Association
(NCA) National Communication Association
(NWSA) National Women’s Studies Association

(PSA) Pacific Sociological Association
(QI) Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
(UFVA) University Film & Video Association