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