Profile: Shirley A. Jackson, Ph.D.

Dr. Shirley A. JacksonProfessor


Contact Information:

Office:  Parkmill 207
Phone:  503-725-9393

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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Race/Ethnicity; Gender; Social Movements


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A., Psychology; Minor in Criminal Justice, Wayne State University


Dr. Jackson is a professor in the Department of Black Studies at Portland State University. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Jackson's research specializations include race/ethnicity, gender, and social movements. She is the 2016 recipient of the Society for the Study of Social Problems' Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award and has received the State of Connecticut’s African American Affairs Commission’s Woman of the Year award. Dr. Jackson has served on the State of Oregon’s Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee that developed ethnic studies standards for Oregon’s K-12 schools. She is the editor of The Handbook of Race, Class, and Gender (Routledge/Taylor & Francis 2014) and co-editor of Caged Women: Incarceration, Representation, and Media (2018, Routledge/Taylor & Francis). She is currently working on several projects including a study on the intersection of gender, race, and space; a socio-historical exploration of U.S. and global themes of race/ethnicity and gender in political cartoons during WWII and the Civil Rights Movement; and a comparative analysis of the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign and the 1964 Freedom Summer Project in Mississippi. As a scholar-activist, Dr. Jackson gives presentations and interviews in the community, on radio, TV, and in the print media. She has also served as an expert witness for state and federal defense attorneys and prosecutors.