Phyllis J. Jackson received her BA (1987) in Art History from Reed College, and Northwestern University awarded her an MA (1990) and PhD (1996) in Art History as well as Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies (1996).  Professor Jackson teaches courses on the arts and cinema of Africa and African Diaspora.  For an example of a class project, visit

As a feminist historian of modern art, her teaching, research, and departmental activities are interdisciplinary in theory and in practice.  Thus, courses such as “Africa in Art, History and Film” and “Black Women, Feminism(s) and Social Change,” are cross-listed with Media Studies  and Gender and Women’s Studies, respectively.  She encourages students to rigorously examine the ways in which issues of race, gender, sexuality and social class are fundamental, rather than peripheral to the production of any history, critical analysis or assessment of life and visual culture.

Professor Jackson was guest curator for Pomona College’s Montgomery Gallery exhibit “(in)FORMING the Visual: (re)PRESENTING Women of African Descent” (1995).  She was co-organizer of the February 1998, Black Studies conference, Outing Whiteness: interrogating re-presentations of race and racism (1998), and the Pomona College premiere of the Women in the Director’s Chair 9th Annual International Touring Film Festival (1999).  Presently, she is working a book entitled Bodies of Representation: The Art and Aesthetics of Women of African Descent.