This summer, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Dean Andrew Martin recommended to the Provost and the Board of Regents that Professor Heather Ann Thompson, jointly appointed in the History, Afroamerican and African Studies departments and the RC, be awarded a Collegiate Professorship effective September 1, 2018, and her title was approved. Collegiate professors are exemplars of our aspirations for excellence in all areas of our intellectual life together. They are outstanding in scholarship, as well as both undergraduate and graduate teaching, and among those who provide significant leadership in their units, the College of LSA, or the University.
"I chose this name in honor of political theorist Cedric J. Robinson for several reasons. Collegiate professorships must be named for someone who has taught here at Michigan and he was on faculty here in the early 1970s as black studies was beginning, and worked with Harold Cruise to cement the presence of black studies at Michigan. As a faculty member in DAAS as well as the RC and History this made him a wonderful choice in my eyes. As significantly, his writings have been fundamental to my own scholarship— and specifically my understanding of black radicalism, the subject that is core to everything that I write. His book, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition, remains essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the black freedom struggle in America. I am deeply honored to be chosen for a collegiate professorship, and also so glad to have been able to choose his name for this professorship."
Congratulations, Heather, for receiving this, one of the highest honors that the College of LSA bestows on active faculty members.