Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson

Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate StudiesZink Hall 343
918 631-3736

I work in American cultural studies from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, focusing on interdisciplinary connections among literature, film and media, and social history. My first book examined uses of region by American fiction writers since the Civil War. My current book project, “Fade In, Crossroads: The Southern Cinema, 1890-1940,” considers the varied relations between black and white southerners and the motion picture medium from the silent era to World War II.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • University of Virginia, MA, 2004; PhD, 2008 (History)
  • New York University, PhD, 2001 (English)
  • Loyola Marymount University, MA, 1996
  • University of Chicago, BA, 1993

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • American Literature, Film and History
  • African American Studies
  • US Southern Studies
  • Modernism
  • Cinema and Media Studies
  • Global Environmental History and Ecocriticism
  • Political, Social and Cultural Activism

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia, 2006-09
  • Teaching Assistant/Instructor, Department of History, University of Virginia, 2004-06
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Virginia, 2003-04
  • Assistant Professor of English, Stillman College, 2002-03

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association of America
  • American Historical Association
  • American Studies Association
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
  • Southern Historical Association
  • Society for the Study of Southern Literature
  • William Faulkner Society
  • Modernist Studies Association

Courses Taught at TU

  • William Faulkner (ENGL 8103)
  • Midcentury Modernism (ENGL 7533)
  • American Modernity: Literature and History (ENGL 8193)
  • Graduate Proseminar (ENGL 8203)
  • Literature and Film: Women and American Film (ENGL 3053/FLM 3153)
  • Literature and Film: The US South (ENGL 3053 / FLM 3153)
  • African American Literature (ENGL 3243)

Awards & Recognition

  • Faculty Fellowship, Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, 2014-15.
  • Faculty Mentor, Phi Beta Kappa Initiation, University of Tulsa, 2011.
  • Faculty Development Summer Fellowship, University of Tulsa, 2010, 2012.
  • Faculty Senate Dissertation-Year Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2007-08.
  • Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching, University of Virginia, 2007 (declined).
  • Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Virginia, 2007.
  • Mayonian Prize for excellence in writing, University of Virginia, 2006.


  • Seeking the Region in American Literature and Culture: Modernity, Dissidence, Innovation
    Southern Literary Studies, Louisiana State University Press, 2005.
  • Images of Collaboration: William Faulkner’s Motion Picture Communities
    Article: Faulkner and Film: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 2010, eds. Peter Lurie and Ann J. Abadie (University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming 2014).
  • The Secret Life of Oscar Micheaux: Race Films, Contested Histories, and Modern American Culture
    Article: Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, ed. W. Fitzhugh Brundage (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).
  • The Celluloid War Before The Birth: Race and History in Early American Film
    Article: American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary, eds. Deborah Barker and Kathryn McKee (University of Georgia Press, 2011).
  • The Southern Disaster Complex
    Article: Mississippi Quarterly 63.4 (Fall 2010).
  • The Existentialism of the Professional Bureaucrat: Roy Wilkins, the NAACP, and the Institutional Autobiography
    Article: a/b: Auto/Biography Studies (Winter 2008).
  • A Southern Sublimation: Lynching Film and the Reconstruction of American Memory
    Article: Southern Literary Journal 40.2 (Spring 2008).
  • We're Trying Hard as Hell to Free Ourselves’: Race and Southern History in the Making of William Faulkner's Literary Terrain
    Article: co-authored with Grace Elizabeth Hale, A Companion to William Faulkner, ed. Richard C. Moreland (Blackwell, 2006).
  • The American Nomad: Truths and Fictions
    Article: ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 10.2 (Summer 2003).
  • The Emergence of Mark Twain’s Missouri: Regional Theory
    Article: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Southern Literary Journal 35.1 (Fall 2002).