Professor John L. Jackson, Jr. has been appointed Senior Advisor to the Penn Provost for Diversity. The appointment was effective January 1.
“John will be an invaluable partner in helping us chart the future of diversity at Penn,” says Penn Provost Vincent Price. “He brings an understanding not only of Penn but also of the entire national and global landscape – as well as the dynamic energy and strong commitment to help achieve our ambitious goals in the years ahead. He will serve as a strategic advisor to me and my senior leadership team on diversity initiatives, while working closely with the Deans, Faculty Senate, and other University leaders to make recommendations for diversity goals and programs, develop appropriate means of assessment, and help implement our Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence.”
Professor Jackson was the first Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, appointed in 2006. As the Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology, he has appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of Anthropology in the School of Arts and Sciences. 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.” In addition, he is a noted filmmaker, most recently a co-director (with Deborah Thomas, Professor of Anthropology in the School of Arts and Sciences) of Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens, which examines the history of violence in Jamaica through the eyes of its iconic Rastafarian community.