The Annenberg School for Communication welcomes John Jackson, who will be joining the Annenberg faculty on July 1 as Associate Professor of Communication.
Dr. Jackson will be the University's first Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor. As part of this program, Dr. Jackson will hold the title of Richard Perry University Associate Professor of Communication and Anthropology, and will have a joint appointment in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Annenberg School for Communication. PIK is a University-wide initiative to recruit exceptional faculty members to Penn whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines.
Dr. Jackson is currently a Fellow with the National Humanities Center. At Duke University, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology, with a secondary appointment in African and African American Studies since 2002. From 1999 to 2002, he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Award (2005-2006); the Lilly Endowment Fellowship, National Humanities Center (2005-2006); the William F. Milton Fund, Harvard Medical School (2000-02); and the National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (1995-1997).
As a filmmaker, he has also produced a nationally-distributed documentary, several internationally-screened film-shorts, and an award-winning 16mm feature film. His first book, Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (University of Chicago Press 2001), examines the interconnections between racial identity and socioeconomic status that define the lives of black folks today. In addition to this Harlem research, he has conducted three years of field-work in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and published several "experimental essays" based on this research, including "Ethnophysicality, or an Ethnography of Some Body" in Soul: Black Power, Politics and Pleasure (NYU Press 1997) and "The Soles of Black Folk: These Reeboks Were Made for Runnin' from the White Man" in Race Consciousness: African American Studies in the Next Century (NYU Press 1996).
Dr. Jackson received his Ph.D. (with distinction) in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2000. He graduated from Howard University summa cum laude with a BA in Communications in 1993.