John L. Jackson, Jr.

Richard Perry University Professor of Communication, Anthropology, and Africana Studies

Ph.D. Columbia University, 2000

Research Interests:

Ethnographic Film and Visual Studies; Race Theory and Identity; Globalization, Transnationalism, and Diaspora; Religion, Media, and Modernity; Social Theory; Urban Studies and Class Formation; The Politics and Poetics of Ethnography; Cultural Studies and Performance Theory; Africana Studies and Popular Culture; U.S, Israel.



Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2001).

Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity (University of Chicago Press, 2005).

Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness (Basic Civitas, 2008).

All Yah's Children: African American Israelites in the Promised Land (under contract, Harvard University Press).



“Democracy’s Anxious Returns,” co-authored with David Kim, The ANNALS of the Academy of Political and Social Science, forthcoming September 2011.

“HBO’s Utopian Realism: Treating Treme,” Transforming Anthropology, (19)1: 17-20, April 2011.

“On Ethnographic Sincerity,” Current Anthropology, 51(S): 279-289, October 2010.

“The Decolonization of Black Film: An Interview with Filmmaker Haile Gerima,” CALLALOO: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, 33(1): 25-36, Winter 2010.

“All Yah’s Children: Emigrationism, Afrocentrism, and the Place of Israel in Africa,” Civilisations, published by Université libre de Bruxelles in English and French, 63(1): 93-112, September 2009.



Co-Producer, -Director, Editor, Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens (68-minute non-fiction film, forthcoming).


Producer, Reading Darkness: African-Americans and the Bible (Non-Fiction) COMPLETED IN 2006.


Producer, Divided We Stand, a 90-minute, 16mm Film (Fiction) COMPLETED.

• Eastman Kodak Pre-Production Award, 1996

• Second Best Feature: Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Festival, Oakland, 1998

• Official Selection: The 7th Annual Pan-African Film Festival, Los Angeles, 1999

• Third Prize, Best Feature: The Hollywood Black Film Festival, Los Angeles, 1999


Producer, The Sight, a 15-minute, 16mm Film (Fiction) COMPLETED

• Official Selection: Martha’s Flava Fest Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard, 1998


Producer, Stompin’ Down at Suga Love’s, a 20-minute, 16mm Film (Fiction) COMPLETED

• Official Selection: Rotterdam International Film Festival (Amsterdam), February 2000

• Official Selection: Raindance Film Festival (London), October 2000


Co-Writer, -Producer, -Director, Get it Together, a 30-minute video (Non-Fiction) COMPLETED

• Audience’s Choice Award, Black Producers’ Consortium, 1993

• Silver Apple Award, National Education Film and Video Festival, 1993

• Best Student Documentary, North American Association of Environmental Educators, 1993


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Anthropology Department Faculty; Annenberg School for Communication Faculty; Africana Studies.