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Dr. Lauren Michele Jackson teaches in the Departments of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Her first book, White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation, is published by Beacon Press (order here) or on Amazon.
Dr. Jackson’s work (research, criticism, essays, and – on occasion – poetry) has appeared in The Atlantic, The Awl, Complex, Feminist Media Studies, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Point, Rolling Stone, Spoon River Poetry Review, Teen Vogue, and Vulture among other places.
Dr. Jackson received her BA with distinction in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2013. She continued on to earn a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Chicago in 2019. Her dissertation is titled “Black Vertigo: Attunement, Nausea, Aphasia, and Bodily Noise, 1970s to the present.”
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