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Pamela Jackson

Craig-Lee Hall (CL) 458
(401) 456-8026
(401) 456-8734

Academic Background

Pamela Irving Jackson, professor of Sociology and Director of the Justice Studies Program, joined the faculty at Rhode Island College in 1974. She received a B.A. with honors from Regis College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University.

Her research has focused on issues of social control and minority status, resulting in articles published in major journals, and her book, Minority Group Threat, Crime and Policing: Social Context and Social Control. Professor Jackson’s book was included by Choice in the short list of “Outstanding Academic Books” published in 1989. Malcolm Holms cited her book in the May, 2000 issue of Criminology to make his point that “it has become increasingly clear that the roots of police-minority hostility are deeply embedded into the social structure.” In the 1990s Dr. Jackson turned her attention to testing the impact of minority threat on crime control in different political and cultural contexts. She received a Fulbright for the summer, 2002, German Studies Seminar, “International Migration and national Identity,” and she has been invited to collaborate, as a visiting fellow, with researchers at the Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn and at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. A second Fulbright in 2006, titled “Muslim Minorities: Opportunities and Challenges in West European Societies. German and French Experiences,” enabled her to travel with a group of twenty-five U.S. scholars through Baden Wurttemberg, Strasbourg and Berlin, meeting with German and French government officials, academics and community representatives.

Professor Jackson served on the editorial board of the American Sociological Review and is currently a reviewer for Criminology. Her 1991 article in Justice Quarterly, “Crime, Youth Gangs and Urban Transition: The Social Dislocations of Postindustrial Economic Development,” has been reprinted in three edited collections, including Ashgate Publishing’s International Library of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Penology. In 1997 she received the American Society of Criminology’s Mentor of the Year Award. Her research is closely related to her activities as a teacher in the areas of criminal justice, deviance, and social control.

She was the 2000 recipient of the Paul Maixner Distinguished Teaching Award at Rhode Island College. In 2003 she received the Mary Tucker Thorp Professorship for Distinguished Research in Arts and Sciences.

Courses Taught

JSTD 466 Seminar In Justice Studies
JSTD 491H Directed Study
JSTD 492 Directed Study
SOC 309 Sociology of Delinquency & Crime

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