Heather Ann Thompson

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson is a historian at the University of Michigan and is the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon Books, 2016). Blood in the Water also won the Ridenhour Prize and four more book prizes and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the LA Times book Award. Thompson writes regularly on the history of policing, mass incarceration, and the Covid crisis for numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. She has served on myriad policy and advisory boards, including the National Academy of Sciences blue-ribbon panel on the causes and consequences of mass incarceration in the U.S. as well as its standing Committee on Law and Justice.