Jeffrey H. Jackson has researched in Parisian archives since 1997, publishing books and articles widely acknowledged for their innovation.In recognition of his outstanding reputation, in 2007 the History News Network named Jackson a “Top Young Historian” in the U.S.Jackson received an extremely prestigious international fellowship to spend the fall 2007 semester in residence at the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris.There he deepened the archival research, inspired by hurricane Katrina, which he began on Paris Under Water in 2005. Jackson has also received national recognition for his previous research, winning highly competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Historical Association.One of his articles won the inaugural prize from the New York State Association of European Historians in 2002.Jackson is Associate Professor of history and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Rhodes College, regularly hailed as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. In 2011, Jackson won the prestigious Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research from Rhodes College, the institution's highest honor for faculty.
Paris Under Water has received extremely favorable reviews and discussions in the New York Times, Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books,The Guardian, Financial Times, and elsewhere.
Jackson has become a sought-after expert in the history of Parisian culture at the turn of the twentieth century. Following the release of Paris Under Water, he was invited to speak at University College London, the American University of Paris, the Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville de Paris, NYU's Institute for French Studies, Vanderbilt University, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Alliance Francaise gala in New Orleans, and elsewhere. He has also done numerous media interviews, including for the BBC.
In 2004, he began working with producers at WNET in New York to help develop an episode of Great Performances titled “Harlem in Montmartre:A Paris Jazz Story” based in part on the research for his first book Making Jazz French:Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris (Duke University Press, 2003).Jackson has appeared in an on-camera interview for this documentary which was broadcast nationally on PBS in August 2009. Jackson has also been interviewed by WCPN radio in Cleveland, Ohio, about his jazz research.
Currently in its second printing, Making Jazz French received extremely favorable reviews for the high quality of its research and writing, and is widely-regarded by students of jazz music as the best book in English on the subject.Of Jackson’s work, Jazzreview.com raved:“[A]n enjoyable approach to jazz on the European scene....[A] topnotch reading experience, one that is both entertaining and informative.”Library Journal awarded the book a starred review, saluting it as:“Entertaining, informative, authoritative, and broad in scope, Jackson’s study will appeal to readers of varied interests.”Scholars of French history have lauded the book as well.Berkeley historian Tyler Stovall, writing in The Historian, praised Jackson’s work:“Making Jazz French is a valuable exploration of the cultural history of modern France, one that should especially inspire those interested in global perspectives on French history and culture.”Making Jazz French also received a review in The Guardian (UK) newspaper, along with substantial positive coverage in academic journals and in the jazz press.Jackson is also the co-editor of a collection of essays entitled Music and History:Bridging the Disciplines published in 2005 by University Press of Mississippi, another highly admired work which has further established Jackson’s reputation as a scholar whose work transcends the boundaries of traditional scholarship.
Jackson’s articles have appeared in several leading academic journals, including French Historical Studies; French Cultural Studies; French Politics, Culture, and Society; Journal of Popular Culture; Journal of Urban History, and Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A seasoned public speaker, Jackson has given presentations at numerous professional conferences and is frequently invited to lecture before a variety of academic and general audiences.Jackson’s presentations at professional meetings have already placed this research before large groups of extremely influential scholars, generating considerable anticipation for the publication of Paris Under Water.Jackson has spoken at the Society for the Anthropology of North America Conference in New Orleans (April 2007), the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris (October 2007), Society for French Historical Studies Conference (April 2008 and March 2009), and the Western Society for French History (October 2009).
Jackson received his B.S. in history summa cum laude with High Honors from Vanderbilt University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester in 1999.At Rhodes College, he teaches courses in modern European history, cultural history, French history, and interdisciplinary humanities.