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John L. Jackson Jr., Ph.D.

February 17, 2014


Dr. John L. Jackson Jr. is the Richard Perry University Professor for Communication, Africana Studies, and Anthropology. Dr. Jackson integrates his knowledge in these disciplines to explore how “mass media circulates locally, nationally, and internationally” from an anthropological and ethnographical perspective.

Dr. Jackson received a B.A. in Communication from Howard University, and received his Ph. D. in Anthropology from Columbia University. In addition to having taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Penn, Dr. Jackson taught in the department of cultural anthropology at Duke University, and was a junior fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows.

Dr. Jackson has produced fictional films, documentaries, and short films that have been screened at festivals internationally. As a writer, he has published several books including Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (2001), Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity (2005), Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness (2008), and Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem (2013).

Nina Blalock CAS’14

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