James S. Jackson

Research Professor, RCGD
Professor, Psychology
James S. Jackson

BIO

James S. Jackson was the Director of the Institute for Social Research from 2005-2015, and is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Aging. His research focuses on issues of racial and ethnic influences on life course development, attitude change, reciprocity, social support, and coping and health among African Americans. Research efforts include carrying out a number of national surveys and one international survey of black populations. Teaching centers on social factors in health, race and racism, and sources of misdiagnosis in black populations. Jackson is currently principal investigator of one of the most extensive social, political, economic, and mental and physical health studies of the African American and Caribbean populations ever conducted, "The National Survey of American Life" and the "The Family Survey across Generations and Nations," and the "National Study of Ethnic Pluralism and Politics."