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James Jackson

James Jackson

2015 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences

James S. Jackson (Ph.D. Psychology, Wayne State University) was Director of the University of Michigan's renowned Institute for Social Research (ISR) from 2005 to 2015. Jackson is a research professor at the Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology. Jackson is a former member of the Advisory Council to Director, NIH and was recently appointed by the Obama Administration to the National Science Board. His research efforts include carrying out a number of national and international surveys of black populations and several studies of Racism and Xenophobia in Europe. His teaching centers on the intersection of social and biological factors in physical and mental health, racial and ethnic group influences and discrimination and racism in an international context.

Jackson's research focuses on issues of racial and ethnic influences on life course development, attitude change, reciprocity, social support, and coping and health among blacks in the Diaspora. He is past Director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and past national president of the Association of Black Psychologists, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Consortium of Social Science Associations. He is Fellow of American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the W.E.B. DuBois Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. He is the recipient of the a Presidential Citation by the American Psychological Association, for Dedicated Research, Scholarship, Service, and Leadership to the Discipline of Psychology, and the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Distinguished Career Contributions in Applied Psychology, Association for Psychological Sciences. He is an elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine, National Academies of Sciences.

He is currently directing the most extensive social, political behavior, and mental and physical health surveys on the African American and Black Caribbean populations ever conducted, "The National Survey of American Life," "The Family Survey across Generations and Nations," and the National Science Foundation and Carnegie Corporation supported "National Study of Ethnic Pluralism and Politics (2006-2014)." Publications include "African Americans in a Diversifying Nation," (National Policy Association 2000) and "Race and Unhealthy Behaviors: Chronic Stress, the HPA Axis, and Physical and Mental Health Disparities over the Life Course" (American Journal of Public Health 2010). He serves on several Boards for the National Research Council and the National Academies of Science and is a founding member of the "Aging Society Research Network" of the MacArthur Foundation.