Joyce Marie Jackson
Associate Professor - Geography & Anthropology
Director, African & African American Studies
Phone: (225) 578-6078 | Fax: (225) 578-4420
Office: Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex
Bachelor's Degree(s): B.M. Louisiana State University
Master's Degree: M.M. Louisiana State University
PhD: Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington
Area of Interest
- African American Culture and Music
- Sacred and Secular Rituals in Africa and the Diaspora
- Performance-Centered Studies
- New Orleans: Cultural Sustainability and Displacement
- Roots of Jazz in Rural and Coastal Louisiana
Recent Courses Taught
- Urban Ethnography: New Orleans
- African American Folklore
- Folklore of the African Diaspora
- Rituals: Theory, Context and Performance
- Black Music in America
- Introduction to Folklore
Awards & Honors
- 2006-2007. Board of Regents Award to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS). “Hidden Currents: The Rural Roots of Jazz in South Louisiana”
- 2005-2007. National Endowment for the Arts: Heritage and Preservation Grant. “Rockin’ for a Risen Savior: The Louisiana Easter Rock Ritual”
- 2010-2011. President of Louisiana Folklore Society
- 2002-2006. Director of the LSU in Sénégambia Study Abroad Program
- 2003-2008. Chair and Governor’s Appointee to the Louisiana Folklife Commission
- 2006. Co-Curator with J. Nash Porter. “New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indians: Exploring a Community Tradition from an Insider’s View.” Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. April 23 – October 15, 2006
- Life in the Village: A Cultural Memory of the Fazendeville Community. Washington DC: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Historical Park, 2003.
- “The Gospel Caravan ,” in Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment. Ed. by Richard Carlin and Kinshasha Holman Conwill. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Books, 2010.
- “Easter Rock,” Mardi Gras Indians,” “Quartets, African American,” (3 essays) in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Folklore Volume). Ed. by Glen Hinson and William Ferris. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
- “The Paschall Brothers: On the Right Road Now,” a thirty–two page liner note booklet plus track notes, citations and a bibliography accompanying the CD. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings CD 40176, 2007.
- “Declaration of Taking Twice: The Fazendeville Community of the Lower Ninth Ward Empowering Place” American Anthropologist Vol. 108, No. 4 (December 2006) 766-780.
- “Rockin’ and Rushin’ for Christ: Hidden Transcripts in Diasporic Ritual Performance,” in Caribbean and Southern: Transnational Perspectives on the U.S. South. Anthropological Proceedings Vol. 38, ed. by Helen Regis. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006.
- With Fehintola Mosadomi, “Cultural Continuity: Masking Traditions of the Black Mardi Gras Indians and the Yoruba Egungun, in Orisa: Yoruba Gods and Spiritual Identity. Ed. by Toyin Falola, African World Press, 2005.
- “Working Both Sides of the Fence: African American Sacred Quartets Enter Realm of Popular Culture.” Bridging Southern Cultures: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Ed. by John Lowe. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2005.