History Professor Named Smithsonian, Wilson Scholar
July 12, 2011 – Historian Maurice Jackson is researching the social, political and cultural history of Africa-Americans in Washington, D.C., as a Smithsonian Institute Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson International Scholar.
The associate professor of history began his research at the Smithsonian this summer and will return next summer to complete his work exploring the impact of music and the arts on D.C. culture.
“I’ll focus more on the cultural aspects during my summers at the Smithsonian – how music, particularly jazz, helped desegregate the city,” explains Jackson, who is also an affiliated professor of jazz performing arts at the university.
In between summers at the Smithsonian, Jackson will begin his research at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His work at the center will focus on African-American culture in the city related to public policy, politics and voting rights from the late 1700s to present.
“These opportunities allow me access to great resources,” he said, “and I’m looking forward to both of these opportunities.”
Jackson teaches courses on the Atlantic region, African-American and Washington history and jazz and has co-edited African- Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents (Routledge Press, 2010) and written Let This Voice be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).