About Erin L. Thompson

Erin L. Thompson, author of Smashing Statues

Erin L. Thompson at the Frederick Douglass statue in Hornbake Plaza.

A leading expert on the past, present, and future of public monuments in America.

Erin Thompson is America’s only professor of art crime. She teaches at the City University of New York and holds a PhD in Art History and a law degree. She studies the deliberate destruction of art, analyzing the ways in which this destruction has sometimes harmed and sometimes benefited communities. She has spoken about monuments controversies with outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times, C-SPAN, and “The Today Show". Both Stephen Colbert and John Oliver have referenced her work.