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Lauren Jackson

Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D. University of Chicago
  • 847-491-7294
  • University Hall 214
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 10-11


Lauren M. Jackson (she/her/hers; Ph.D. English, University of Chicago) has research and teaching interests in affect, aesthetics, and the novel in contemporary African American literature. She also teaches courses in the Department of Black Studies.

Her current project examines forms of bad feeling in contemporary African American literature, reading these “bummer affects” as expressing the aesthetic problem of a definitionally black literature.

Her first book, White Negroes (Beacon, 2019), a collection of critical essays on appropriation in popular culture, was long-listed for the Museum of African American History Stone Book Award. Her second book, called “Back,” is forthcoming from Amistad Press/HarperCollins.

She is a contributing writer to The New Yorker.


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