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Lauren Jackson

College Fellow

Ph.D. University of Chicago


Lauren Jackson teaches and writes in the areas of black studies, affect theory, and American literature. Her book, White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation (Beacon Press, November 2019), is a collection of critical essays on racial aesthetics in popular culture. Her current project, “Black Vertigo,” examines aesthetics of affective disorder in post-’60s black American literature. 

Her work appears in The Atlantic, Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Popular Music Studies, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and New York magazine’s Vulture, among other venues.


African American Literature, Critical Race & Ethnicity Studies, American: 20th Century


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