Assistant Professor of Politics
Pre-law Advisor

Office: 217 Maxey Hall
Email: jacksoje@whitman.edu

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Jack Jackson's teaching and research is at the intersection of political theory and U.S. constitutional law.

Professor Jackson received his J.D. from the Cornell Law School, where he was senior note editor for the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, earned a Public Law Certificate, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He earned a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was recipient of the Mark Rozance Memorial Award for best dissertation in the field of political theory.

In 2016 he held the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Constitutional and Political Theory at McGill University. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Emory Law School's Vulnerability and Human Condition Initiative, a Fellow at UC Berkeley's Townsend Center for the Humanities, and an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. For over 15 years he has served on the Board of Directors of the Homeless Action Center, a non-profit law firm in Berkeley, California.

Professor Jackson's scholarship focuses on political theory and law with a special emphasis on political theories of freedom, public law, feminist and queer theory, constitutionalism and democracy, and political theories of time.

He has published two books:

Law Without Future: Anti-Constitutional Politics and the American Right 
(University of Pennsylvania Press)

Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations 
(Routledge)

Other publications include: 

Courses Taught 2013-2016
  • Introduction to U.S. Constitutional Law, Culture, and Thought (POL 117)
  • What is Political Freedom? (POL 212)
  • The First Amendment: Speech, Press, and Assembly (POL 215)
  • Time, Law, Justice (POL 354)
  • Feminist and Queer Legal Theory (POL/GNDS 333)
  • Senior Seminar (POL 490)
  • Senior Thesis (POL 497/498)