Assistant Professor


  • Office Hours:

    W 2pm-4pm or by appointment (S19)
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
    • RISE Center Affiliate
  • Concentration:

    • Immigration
    • Southern/Louisiana History
    • Race and Ethnic Studies
    • Social Studies Teaching
  • Department:

    • History
  • Education:

    • PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz


Dr. Jackson specializes in immigration history, late-19th/early 20th centuries U.S. history, southern/Louisiana history, and race and citizenship studies. Her current book project focuses on the experience of Sicilians and other Italians in the Gulf South during the Jim Crow era. Her monograph provides a series of historical case studies that reflect on the lynchings of Sicilians/Italians in Louisiana and Mississippi between 1886-1901, the impact of disenfranchisement efforts upon Sicilians/Italians in 1890s Louisiana, attempts to segregate Sicilian children from a “white” school in 1907 Mississippi, and the inconsistent way that Sicilians and other Italians were racially categorized within turn-of-the-century miscegenation disputes in Louisiana and Alabama. Bridging the previously disconnected fields of immigration history, southern history, and modern Italian history, Dr. Jackson's project contributes to the bourgeoning scholarship on the lynching of Italian Americans, the debates on the place of Louisiana within southern studies, as well as the work on modern Italy and the development of Italian identity.


  • 2017, “Before the Lynching: Reconsidering the Experience of Italians and Sicilians in Louisiana (1870s-90s),” Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, Vol. 58, No. 3, 300-338.
  • 2015, “‘White Negroes’ & Discursive Resistance: Contradictions Between Public and Legal Discourse in American-New Orleans (1803-1830),” Southern Historian, Vol. 36, 35-51.


  • EDUC 465: Social Studies Methods & Materials

  • HIST 360: United States Immigration History

  • HIST 492: Immigration, Race, & Citizenship

  • HIST 151: US Since 1876

  • HIST512: US Since 1877 Reading Seminar