Shannon Jackson

Shannon Jackson is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities and the Director of the Arts Research Center at UC-Berkeley.  Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.  Her work has explored the relationship between performance and social reform (Lines of Activity, 2000), between performance and the disciplines of higher education (Professing Performance, 2004), between performance and contemporary socially-engaged art (Social Works, 2011), and related topics in numerous journals and collections. She is currently at work (with Marianne Weems) on a book about intermedia theatre company, The Builders Association, to be published by M.I.T. Press.  Jackson has won numerous awards and fellowships for her research and collaborative art projects from the American Studies Association, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the National Communication Association, the Walter and Elise Haas fund, the Creative Work Fund, the San Francisco Foundation and other organzations. Jackson serves on the boards of the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Berkeley Art Museum, and Cal Performances and has organized around a dozen major symposia at UC-Berkeley; recently she was awarded UC-Berkeley's award for Distinguished Service in the Arts and Humanities.  She received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 1995 and taught in the departments of English and of Literature at Harvard University from 1995 to 1998.




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