Michele Thompson

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CEAS Associate-in-Research
Southern Connecticut State University
Areas of interest : 
Southeast Asia; History of Science, Medicine and Technology; Comparative Colonialisms
China, Transregional, Southeast Asia

Michele Thompson is a Professor of History at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in New Haven, CT.  She received her M.A. (1985) from the University of Alabama and Ph.D. (1998) from the University of Washington, studying both ancient and modern Southeast Asia, the history of medicine, and late traditional China.  Her current teaching interests include Southeast Asia, history of science, medicine, and technology, and comparative colonialisms.  Select publications include: Vietnamese Traditional Medicine: A Social History (National University of Singapore Press, 2015); Translating the Body: Medical Education in Southeast Asia (co-edited with Hans Pols and John Harley Warner, National University of Singapore Press, 2017); “Gia Truyền: Family Transmission Texts, Medical Authors and Social Class within the Healing Community in Vietnam” Southeast Asia Research 25:1 (Winter 2017): 34-46; “Selections from Miraculous Drugs of the South by the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Physician Tuệ Tĩnh (c 1330-c 1389)” in C. Pierce Salguero ed. Buddhism and Medicine, a Sourcebook (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017).  Thompson’s current research focuses on a history of the entire South China Sea region as revealed through the interface between the demographic, economic, physical and social effects of smallpox, indigenous treatments for it, and the introduction of Jennerian vaccination for smallpox to the region beginning in 1805; and a “pre” history of Vietnamese traditional medicine focusing on the period before the creation of the earliest extant Vietnamese medical texts, fifteenth century, using archaeological evidence and textual materials from outside observers-primarily Chinese.