John P. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D.

John P. Jackson
  • Professor
  • History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
  • James Madison College


LB 327A: Scientific Practice


John P. Jackson, Jr, teaches about the interactions between scientific expertise and public policy. His research focuses on the history and philosophy of the scientific study of race. He has authored or edited six books, most recently he was the co-author with David Depew of Darwinism, Democracy, and Race: American Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology in the Twentieth Century (Routledge, 2017). Among other places, his work has appeared in Isis, Philosophy of Science, American Psychologist, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology.


Ph.D. University of Minnesota--Twin Cities


  • 2013. Kayden Research Grant, University of Colorado.
  • 2010. Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry Visiting Fellow, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • 2006. University of Colorado at Boulder, Provost Faculty Achievement Award.
  • 2004. American Psychological Association, Early Career Award for Scholarship in the History of Psychology.
  • 2002. Summer Visiting Scholar, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA.
  • 2001. American Psychological Association, Best Article in History of Psychology Published in a Single Year.


  • John P. Jackson, Jr. and David Depew. Darwinism, Democracy, and Race: American Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology in the Twentieth Century, (New York: Routledge 2017).
  • John P. Jackson, Jr. 2017. “Cognitive/Evolutionary Psychology and the History of Racism.” Philosophy of Science 84 (2). [preprint here:]
  • Jackson Jr., John P. 2016. “Cross Cultural Research, Evolutionary Psychology and Racism: Problems and Prospects.” Philosophy and Theory in Biology 8 (2): 1–17.
  • Peter Simonson, Janice Peck, Robert Craig, and John P. Jackson, Jr. (editors). Routledge Handbook of Communication History (New York: Routledge, 2013).
  • John P. Jackson, Jr. Science for Segregation: Race, Law, and the Case Against Brown v. Board of Education (New York University Press, 2005).
  • John P. Jackson, Jr. “Whatever Happened to the Cephalic Index? The Reality of Race and the Burden of Proof.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 40 (2010): 438-458.
  • John. P. Jackson, Jr. “Definitional Argument in Evolutionary Psychology and Cultural Anthropology,” Science in Context 23 (2010): 121-150.
  • John P. Jackson, Jr. and Nadine M. Weidman. Science, Race and Racism (Santa Barbara CA: ABC-Clio Press, 2004). [Published in paperback by Rutgers University Press, November 2005]
  • John P. Jackson, Jr. (editor). Science, Race, and Ethnicity: Readings from Isis and Osiris (University of Chicago Press, 2002).
  • John P. Jackson, Jr., Social Scientists for Social Justice: Making the Case Against Segregation (New York: New York University Press, 2001). [Published in paperback, September 2005]

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