Associate Professor


  • Office Hours:

    Sabbatical- Fall 2023
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
    • History & Social Studies Education
  • Concentration:

    • Immigration History
    • Southern/Louisiana History
    • Race and Ethnic Studies
    • Social Studies Education
  • 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), which was a co-winner for the Italian American Studies Association Best Book Award in 2020, looks at the racial experience of Sicilians in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama at the turn-of-the-century. Through a series of historical case studies, Dr. Jackson investigates 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.

Dr. Jackson's new book project is a history of immigrants and anti-immigrant lynching violence in Colorado, specifically recovering the experiences and legacies of Italian, Mexican, and Chinese immigrants from the 1890s to the 1920s. In this research, she considers: What does this history tell us about the way race and citizenship were constructed in the legal borderlands of late-19th/early-20th century Colorado? What does this reveal about identity, language, and subjecthood? And ultimately, how do the legacies of immigration (and anti-immigrant violence) impact descendant communities, family histories, and current debates on immigration here in Colorado today?

With ten years of secondary teaching experience, Dr. Jackson also oversees the Department of History'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 and culturally responsive/sustaining pedagogies. She is an affiliate of the Race and Intersectional Studies in Educational Equity (RISE) Center and the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP).


  • November 9-12, 2023, "Lynchings, Riots, and Massacres: White Supremacist Violence in the Turn-of-the-Century US," The Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC (Peer-reviewed/refereed).
  • October 26-29, 2023, "Teaching Local History “Across Many Wests”: A Roundtable Conversation, Western History Association Annual Conference," Los Angeles, CA (Peer-reviewed/refereed).
  • October 26-29, 2023, "Paradoxes of Non-Citizenship: Enabling Immigrant Voters and Authorizing Anti-Immigrant Violence in Turn-of-the-Century Colorado," Western History Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA (Peer-reviewed/refereed).
  • November 10, 2022, "Before the Lynchings: Reconsidering the Experience of Italian Immigrants in post-Civil War Louisiana," Understanding Early Migration from Italy: The Case of Sicily and Louisiana, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (Invited).
  • October 24, 2022, "Histories of the Present: How the Lessons of Lynching and Racialized Violence Can Inform Conversations on Race Today," American Studies Program, Providence College, American Studies Program, Providence, RI (Invited).
  • October 14, 2022, "Citizenship for Sale: Debating Indemnities for Italian Lynching Victims in 1890s Colorado," Western History Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (Peer-reviewed/refereed).
  • September 24, 2022, "Traversing the Color Line: The Racial Transiency of Dixie’s Italians in Jim Crow Louisiana," Symposium: The Italian Immigrant Experience: Between Black and White, Tulane University and The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, New Orleans, LA (Invited).
  • November 11-13, 2021, "‘Are Italians White’? Continuing to Debate Processes of Racialization across Time and Space," Social Science History Association, Virtual (peer-reviewed/refereed).
  • April 14, 2021, "‘Citizens Plead Necessity for White Supremacy’ & the ‘Privileged Dago’ Clause: The Power of the Press in Racializing Sicilians in 1890s Louisiana," Louisiana Historical Association Conference, Virtual (peer-reviewed/referred).
  • February 4, 2021, "Dixie's Italians Interview and Book Talk," Calandra Italian American Institute, Virtual (invited).
  • November 6, 2020, "Intersections of Place, Space, and Race: Exploring Italian America as Multi-Ethnic History," Italian American Studies Association Webinar Series, Virtual (invited).
  • October 17, 2020, "‘Death to the Dago’: What the Lynchings of Italians in 1890s Colorado Reveal about the Construction of Race, Identity, and Citizenship in the West," Western History Association Conference, Virtual (peer-reviewed/refereed).


  • September 21, 2023, "Teaching Difficult Topics in Recent History," CSU Spur Campus Professional Development Seminar, Denver, CO (Invited).
  • April 22, 2022, “Learning from College Students’ Engagement in Collective Action: Divergent Values and Implementation,” American Educational Research Association Annual Convention, (Co-Presenters) Jackson, J. B., Ginsberg, R., & Midgette, L., San Diego, CA. (peer-reviewed/refereed).
  • November 9, 2021, "Social Movements and Collective Action through History and Story: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Teaching and Research," Great Conversations, (Co-Presenters) Jackson, J. B., Ginsberg, R., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, (extension/engagement; invited).
  • November 3, 2021, “Navigating the Culture Wars: Politics in the Classroom and Where We Go from Here,” Poudre School District Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy Professional Learning Workshop, Fort Collins, CO, (extension/engagement; invited).
  • February 28, 2020, “The Law and Justice in American History: Immigration and Citizenship and the Law,” Poudre School District Professional Development Collaborative Workshop, Fort Collins, CO, (extensions/ engagement).
  • April 25-27, 2019, "Writing for Purpose and Digital Storytelling: Pedagogical Strategies for Practicing History in the High-Enrollment History Survey and Undergraduate History Classroom", Beyond the History Essay: A Conversation About Pedagogy in the Two-Year and Four-Year College/University Classroom, Western Association of Women Historians Conference, Portland, OR, (extension/engagement; peer-reviewed/refereed).
  • March 7, 2019, "Best Practice: Redesigning the College Survey Course", Poudre School District Professional Development Collaborative Workshop, Fort Collins, CO, (extensions/engagement).
  • December 1, 2018, "Teaching Immigration and Debunking Myths in the ‘Fake News’ Era", National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, (extension/engagement; peer-reviewed/refereed).




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

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles/Book Chapters

Ginsberg, R., Jackson, J. B., & Banack, A. (In preparation). "Blurring Disciplinary Lines: Immigration History and Story."

Jackson, J. B. (In press). "Lynchings of Italians/Italian Americans." Terrible Legacy: Encyclopedia of Lynching in America.

Jackson, J. B. (In press). "'Citizens Plead Necessity for White Supremacy' & 'Electoral Freaks & Monstrosities': The Racial Transiency of Dixie's Italians in Jim Crow Louisiana." The Italian Immigrant Experience: Between Black and White. 

Ginsberg, R., Jackson, J. B., & Midgette, L. (In press). "Learning from College Students’ Engagement in Collective Action: Divergent Values and Implementation." College Teaching.

Jackson, J. B. (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.

Jackson, J. B. (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, #Dreamers, #pride: Social Movements and Collective Action through History and Story

  • HIST 371: Civil Rights in America