Anthony Thompson teaches courses related to criminal law and civil litigation, race, and leadership. His scholarship focuses on race, offender reentry, criminal justice issues, and leadership. In his first book, Releasing Prisoners, Redeeming Communities (NYU Press, 2008), Thompson takes an in-depth look at the issues of reentry, race, and politics. Thompson’s most recent scholarship examines leadership and the law. For NYU Law School, he teaches a seminar in which he examines the intersection of legal education and leadership in an increasingly globalized society which exposes students to some fundamental leadership theory and skill development. Thompson is part of the Duke Corporate Education Global Learning Research Network and has provided executive education to a number of global companies focusing on leadership and strategy execution. In 2007, Thompson was awarded the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award by NYU School of Law. In 2010, he received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, and in 2010 he was also awarded the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award. Thompson was recognized by El Diario in 2011 with “The EL” award, as one of the “outstanding Latinos in the Tri-State area,” for his community service. Thompson earned his JD at Harvard Law School and his BS Ed from Northwestern University.
Teaching and Research Interests
community justice, community prosecution/defense, criminal law issues, offender reentry, problem-solving courts, race and public policy issues