Joyce Marie Jackson


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    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”

    Notable Activities

    • 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

    Creative Activities

    • 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

    Selected Publications

    • 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.