J. Phillip Thompson


Phil Thompson is an urban planner and political scientist. He 

received a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1977, a 

M.U.P. from Hunter College in 1986, and a PhD. in Political Science 

from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1990. Phil 

worked as Deputy General Manager of the New York Housing Authority, 

and as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination. Phil 

is a frequent advisor to trade unions in their efforts to work with 

immigrant and community groups across the United States. Phil’s most 

recent academic work includes a 2004 review of public health 

interventions in poor black communities (written with Arline 

Geronimus) published in the Du Bois Review, entitled “To Denigrate, 

Ignore, or Disrupt: The Health Impact of Policy-induced Breakdown of 

Urban African American Communities of Support,” an article entitled 

“Judging Mayors” in the June 2005 issue of Perspectives on Politics, 

and a recent book called “Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black 

Communities and the Struggle for Deep Democracy” published by Oxford 

University Press.