Sebastian Jackson

Sebastian Jackson

Lecturer on Social Studies
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Sebastian Jackson is a Lecturer on Social Studies. He received his PhD in African and African American Studies, with a primary field in Anthropology, from Harvard University in 2022. Prior to coming to Harvard, Jackson completed graduate degrees in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2014) and African Studies from the University of Oxford (2013), as well as a BA in History from the University of Maine at Farmington (2012).


A historical anthropologist with a strong commitment to liberatory politics and decolonial theory, Dr. Jackson’s teaching and research interests revolve around questions of ethno-racial identity formation in relation to changing public discourses about sexual intimacy, romantic love, and family-making in (post)colonial and post-industrial societies across the “Black Atlantic” world. Dr. Jackson’s historical and ethnographic research is principally based in South Africa and the United States. His doctoral dissertation, entitled Realizing the Rainbow Nation: Negotiating Race, Intimacy, and Belonging in South Africa, examines the social history and cultural afterlives of apartheid’s so-called “Immorality Laws,” which prohibited interracial marriage and sex until 1985.


2022-23 Courses
Social Studies 10a: Introduction to Social Studies (Fall)
Freshman Seminar 72v: Race, Science, and the Law: Knowledge and Power in the U.S. and Beyond (Fall)
Social Studies 10b: Introduction to Social Studies (Spring)
Social Studies 98vc: Colonialism & Postcolonialism (Spring)

Contact Information

William James Hall 335