Professor, African and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago
Dr. Lynette Jackson is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and African Studies at UIC. She received her PhD in African History from Columbia University in 1997. Dr. Jackson is the author of Surfacing Up: Psychiatry and Social Order in Colonial Zimbabwe (Cornell 2005) and numerous other articles and book chapters on topics relating to women, gender and the state in colonial and post-colonial Southern Africa, particularly having to do with the regulation of women’s bodies and sexuality. Dr. Jackson’s current research looks comparatively at African refugees, including child refugees, and the formation of new African diasporas.
Dr. Jackson is engaged in social justice and human rights activism, with a particular focus on the human rights of women and girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered peoples in Africa. She serves on the Chicago Committee of Human Rights Watch, the World Refugee Day Planning Committee and held previous board memberships on Heartland Alliance’s Human Care Services and Vanavevhu: Children of the Soil, an organization that caters to orphans and vulnerable children from Zimbabwe. Dr. Jackson also consults and provides expert witness testimony in gender and sexual violence-based political asylum cases.