Professor John L. Jackson, Jr. is the editor-in-chief of the anthropology section of the Oxford Bibliographies.
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Professor Jackson is a nationally-recognized anthropologist, author, and filmmaker. His most current work is the film “Bad Friday: Rastafari and the Coral Gardens,” which examines an incident in Jamaica in 1963 where the Jamaican government rounded up, jailed, and tortured hundreds of Rastafarians. Prof. Jackson co-directed the film with Deborah Thomas, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology at Penn.
Additionally, Professor Jackson was the first Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, appointed in 2006. He is the author of Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness (Basic Books, 2008); Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity (University of Chicago Press, 2005); and Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2001). His current book project, to be published by Harvard University Press, focuses on African Hebrews in the US and Israel; and his writing is also featured on the Brainstorm blog of The Chronicle of Higher Education and his own blog, “From the Annals of Anthroman.”