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Dr. Shirley A . Jackson is a Professor of Sociology at Southern CT State University. Dr. Jackson’s areas of specialization are race/ethnicity, gender, and social movements. Dr. Jackson has done research on race/skin color and class in Cuba since the Cuban Revolution. She has traveled to Cuba several times. She also does work on African American women's organizations, and on race/skin color and class in Cuba, the United States, and Brazil. Dr. Jackson is an active member of several professional sociology associations.
Dr Jackson is currently working on two research projects. The first is a socio-historical exploration of themes of race/ethnicity, gender, and violence in editorial cartoons during WWII and Civil Rights Movement. The second is an exploration into the lives of African American women in a social fellowship organization. Dr. Jackson has conducted research on mentoring programs for African American girls and empowerment in African American women's organizations.
Dr. Jackson served as Department Chair from 2001-2007. She created the Ethnic Studies minor at Southern Connecticut State University which she co-coordinates with Dr. Julian Madison of the History Department. She is a Board member of the National Association for Ethnic Studies and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, has served as President of the New England Sociological Association, Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and on committees in the Eastern Sociological Association, Association of Black Sociologists, and other organizations. Her community involvement includes serving as both as Family Partner and Family Selection committee member for Habitat for Humanity and on The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Women and Girl's Fund committee. She is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

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