Jessica Barbata Jackson

TitlePhD Candidate
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department
OfficeHumanities & Social Sciences Bldg, rm 150 (Grad Lab)
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Jessica Barbata Jackson

Research Interests

My research interests include 19th/20th U.S. history, immigration history, southern history, modern Italian history, transnationalism, legal and political history, citizenship, race and racialization, including the history of lynching, voter disenfranchisement, school segregation and miscegenation.

My dissertation project, "Problematizing Citizenship: Italian & Sicilian Immigrants in the Jim Crow Gulf South, 1880-1924," explores the extent to which racially-marked immigrants, like Italians and Sicilians, complicated race-making and conceptions of citizenship in the Jim Crow South. 


Biography, Education and Training

M.A. in History, University of California, Santa Cruz (2013)

California Clear Single-Subject Teaching Credential in English and Social Science, California State University, Monterey Bay (2008)

B.A. in English Literature, Reed College (2004)

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRC) Grant-in-Aid Award, University of Minnesota (2015)

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, History Department, UCSC (2015)

  • UCSC History Department Dissertation Fellowship (2015)

  • Humanities Division Dean’s Award, Graduate Research Symposium, UCSC (2015)

  • Summersell Center for the Study of the South, University of Alabama (2014)

  • Institute of Humanities Research Summer Research Fellowship  (2014)

  • UCSC Regents Fellowship (2013)

Selected Publications

  • “‘White Negroes’ & Discursive Resistance: Contradictions Between Public and Legal Discourse in American-New Orleans (1803-1830),” Southern Historian, Vol. 36 (Spring 2015): 35-52.

  • "'Racial Transients' in an 'In-Between' State: Reinterpreting Anti-Italian Violence in 1890s Louisiana," M.A. Thesis (2013).

  • "Cotton-Wool, Kinky Hair and Historical Contradictions: An Autobiographical Study of Memory in Woolf, hooks and Wilkomirski," B.A. Thesis (2004).

Selected Presentations

  • “‘Ascribed Nationality’ & ‘Informal Citizenship’: Sicilian Civic Identity in Crisis in 1890s New Orleans,” Western Association of Women Historians Conference, Sacramento California, May 2015.

  • “Expanding Narratives: Reconsidering the Experience of Italian Immigrants in Louisiana,” Southern American Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, February 2015.

  • “Race & Immigration in U.S. History,” University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, May 2014.

  • “Italy and America: The Impact of Unification on Emigration and ‘Becoming Italian,’” University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, March 2014.

  • “Before the Lynching: Revising our Understanding of the Italian Experience in Louisiana (1880s-90s),” Italian American Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 2013.

  • “Regional Race-Making: Reinterpreting Anti-Italian Violence in 1890s New Orleans,” Epicenters of Change: The City in History Conference, San Francisco State University, April 2013.

Teaching Interests

Graduate Student Instructor University of California, Santa Cruz (2011-Present)

  • U.S. History to 1877

  • Immigrants and Immigration in U.S. History

  • U.S. from 1877-1914

  • Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Change & American Society

  • Modern European History 1815-Present

  • Late Medieval Italy

  • Latin America: Colonial Period

  • Latin America: National Period

  • History of Modern Israel

  • Holocaust

  • Topics in Roman History: Roman Britain

  • Early Christianity: First to Fourth Century AD

AP U.S. History, U.S. History, U.S. Immigration History & Research/Methods Teacher Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz, CA (2007-Present)

Lecturer California State University, Monterey, CA (2014)