Assistant Professor


  • Office Hours:

    T/TH 2pm-3pm or by appointment (S20)
  • 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, race and citizenship studies, and social studies education. Her first book, Dixie's Italians: Sicilians, Race, and Citizenship in the Jim Crow Gulf South (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2020) 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 expands scholarship on the immigrant experience in the American South and explorations of the gray area within the traditionally black/white narrative.

With ten years of secondary teaching experience, Dr. Jackson also oversees the history department's Social Studies Teaching (SST) undergraduate concentration. She regularly teaches EDUC465: Social Studies Methods & Materials and is committed to teacher education, educational equity, and inclusive/culturally responsive pedagogies. She is an affiliate of the Race and Intersectional Studies in Educational Equity (RISE) Center and the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP).


  • 2020, Dixies Italians: Sicilians, Race, and Citizenship in the Jim Crow Gulf South (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press).
  • 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

  • HIST512: US Since 1877 Reading Seminar

  • LB 393: #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, #DACAmented, #pride: Social Movements and Collective Action through History and Story

  • HIST 151: US Since 1876