As America’s only full-time professor of art crime, I study the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art. Currently, I am researching the ways in which terrorist groups both sell and destroy art in order to support their genocidal campaigns. I have discussed art crime topics in The New York Times and on CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera America, and the Freakonomics podcast. My book, Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors, is forthcoming from Yale University Press (May 2016).

A copy of my CV is available here.


I can be reached at ethompson@jjay.cuny.edu.