John L. Jackson, Jr.
Richard Perry University Professor, Dean, School of Social Policy & Practice
University of Pennsylvania
“What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Race, Conspiracy Theories, and Contemporary Hip-Hop Culture”
Dr. Jackson’s research examines racial and class-based differences in contemporary urban environments, including a focus on how urbanites themselves theorize and deploy those differences in everyday interactions. He is author of several books, including Impolite Conversations: On Race, Class, Sex, Religion, and Politics (co-written with Cora Daniels, 2014), and Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, 2013. He has also been involved—as producer, director, etc.—in the creation of several films, including Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens (2010) and African-Americans and the Bible.
John L. Jackson, Jr. is Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice and the Richard Perry University Professor of Communication, Africana Studies, and Anthropology.