Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, Ph.D. (Department Chair)

Dr. Shirley A. Jackson

Chair & Professor

Parkmill 147 | 503-725-9393 | shja2@pdx.edu 

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

FIELDS:  Race/Ethnicity; Gender; Social Movements

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



Dr. Jackson is professor and chair 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 areas of research specialization are 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. 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 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. She is also conducting a comparative analysis of the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign and the 1964 Freedom Summer Project in Mississippi.