College of
Arts and Sciences

Shannon Jackson

Shannon Jackson
Professor, Department Chair, Department Advisor
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Info
Haag 208B
Cities, technology and embodiment


Shannon Jackson is a Professor of Anthropology who Chairs the Sociology and Anthropology Department; she is currently a Research Fellow at the Linda Hall Library and teaches in the Anthropology Program.  Her research interests include cities, technology, and embodiment. She has been conducting ethnographic and archival research on material culture and identity in Cape Town, South Africa since 1989. This work culminated in numerous articles and a book titled Embodying Cape Town, Palgrave Macmillan (2017). She recently received the International Award for Excellence from the Technology, Knowledge, and Society Research Network for her research on the digital divide. Her current book project is titled “The Machine in the City: Technology, Standardization, and Power.”

ANT 300 Technology and Society
ANT 302 Social Stratification
ANT 308 The Social Life of Things
ANT 328 Body and Society
ANT 331 Urban Anthropology

Research Areas
Socio-cultural Anthropology
Urban Studies: Space, Embodiment, and Technology
Fieldwork contexts: U.S. and South Africa

Academic Credentials
Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago
M.A. Social Science, University of Chicago
M.A. Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Connecticut
B.A. Sociocultural Anthropology,  Missouri State University