Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Mississippi

Jeff Jackson

Biography | Research | Publications | CV


Jeffrey T. Jackson

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D, University of Texas
Race & Ethnicity, Development, Globalization
Lamar Hall 508  |  662-915-5230

Office Hours

Soc 101 Introductory Sociology
Soc 413 Race & Ethnicity (cross-listed as AAS 413)
Soc 603 Studies in Empire & Revolution
Soc 613 Studies in Race & Ethnicity
Soc 621 Professional Development I
Soc 622 Professional Development II
Soc 623 Collaborative Research Seminar


I was born and grew up in Wisconsin but currently consider Mississippi my home. I attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, earning my B.S. degree in sociology in 1988. After graduation, I lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico for a year where I worked as an intern for the Center for Global Education (Augsburg College). It was there that I developed a greater interest in teaching and in conducting research on the relationship between the United States (and other wealthy nations) and the developing world. I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Texas at Austin where I was a Mellon Fellow in Latin American Sociology and spent a year conducting fieldwork on the international development profession in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I moved to Oxford, MS (where I currently reside) and became an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi in 1999. I was promoted to associate professor in 2004. I teach courses on race and ethnicity, globalization, and international development.


My research focuses on the processes of globalization in the developing world. In particular, I am interested in the role that international development organizations–both official (such as the World Bank, USAID, and the UNDP) and non-governmental (such as CARE, Save the Children and other development NGOs)–play in the globalization process. My first book explores how these agencies actively promote various globalization agendas in the country of Honduras. As a result of my fieldwork there, I have become increasingly interested in the political dynamics of globalization. In particular, I am curious about global governance and the emergence of a world state (i.e. “global government” or what some have termed a “transnational state.”) My current project builds on the Honduran case study, by examining the patterns of official aid flows across the globe in order to trace the emergence of global governance and nation building in aid-recipient nations throughout the world.

Selected Publications

Books & Monographs

The Globalizers: Development Workers in Action

Johns Hopkins University Press

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2016. Barbara H. Combs, Kirsten Dellinger, Jeffrey T. Jackson, Kirk A. Johnson, Willa M. Johnson, Jodi Skipper, John Sonnett, James M. Thomas, and Critical Race Studies Group. “The Symbolic Lynching of James Meredith: A Visual Analysis and Collective Counter Narrative to Racial Domination.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2 (3): 338-353. doi:10.1177/2332649215626937

2011. Minjoo Oh & Jeffrey T. Jackson. “Animal Rights vs. Cultural Rights: Exploring the Dog Meat Debate in South Korea from a World Polity Perspective.” Journal of Intercultural Studies 32 (1): 31-56. doi:10.1080/07256868.2010.491272

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2007. Jeffrey T. Jackson & Dellinger, Kirsten A. “Volunteer Voices: Making Sense of Our Trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast After Katrina.” In Danielle A. Hidalgo and Kristen Barber (eds.), Narrating the Storm: Sociological Stories of Hurricane Katrina. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.