Vanessa Eileen Thompson is a research associate at the Institute of Sociology at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. She was previously a fellow at the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching are focused on critical racism studies, post- and decolonial feminist theories and methodologies, Black studies, gender and queer studies, critical security studies, and transformative justice. Thompson is also engaged in these fields as an activist. She most recently published the article “Nationalismen der Anerkennung – Gedenken, Differenz und die Idee einer ‘europäischen Kultur der Erinnerung’” (Nationalisms of recognition: Commemoration, difference and the idea of a “European culture of remembrance,” with V. Zablotsky, 2017).