SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture in the UB Department of English, Jackson is an acclaimed folklorist, ethnographer, documentary filmmaker and photographer. A UB faculty member since 1967, he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1971 and a Grammy nomination in 1974. The French government has twice honored him: in 2002 as Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2012 as Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.
He also has served as president of the American Folklore Society and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.
Jackson has written or edited 32 books—most recently “Inside the Wire: Photographs from Texas and Arkansas Prisons” (University of Texas Press, 2013)—and his photographs have been exhibited at venues that include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Galleri View, Oslo; and Circolo Gianni Bosio, Rome. His work is part of the permanent collections of the Albright Knox, George Eastman House, Bibliothèque national de France and the Library of Congress. In collaboration with Christian, he also has created three feature-length and three short documentaries.