The Rev. Joseph Thompson, Ph.D., is the Director of Multicultural Ministries and Assistant Professor of Race and Ethnicity Studies. He joined the VTS faculty in 2012. His areas of expertise include African-American Studies and Cross-Cultural Studies. His work ensures seminarians engage with issues of race and ethnicity, justice, and intercultural awareness as part of their theological education. Prior to coming to VTS, Dr. Thompson taught for ten years at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Thompson holds an H.B.A. from the University of Delaware, an M.A. from Virginia Theological Seminary, He earned his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in African-American Studies and English at Yale University.
Dr. Thompson was formerly archivist for the African-American Episcopal Historical Collection, also at VTS. He has served higher education institutions in various roles throughout the past fifteen years, including Senior Lecturer and Educational Archivist, Academic Coordinator of African and African-American Studies, Faculty Fellow, and Assistant Professor.