Paula Thompson obtained her B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Her research interests include Islam, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), liberation theology/theory, critical race theory, de-colonial studies, civil rights and advocacy. She has served as the co-ordinator of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project for five years.
The Center for Race and Gender (CRG) is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of California Berkeley that fosters explorations of race and gender and their intersections. Specifically, they facilitate on-going research projects through hosting working groups and cutting edge projects, such as the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project.