Michael D. Jackson


Dr. Michael D. Jackson

E-mailjbeasley@hds.harvard.edu
Address14 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2138
Phone617-495-5796
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Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

B.A., Victoria University of Wellington,
M.A., Auckland University,
Ph.D., Cambridge University,

Michael D. Jackson came to Harvard in 2005, with ethnographic experience in Sierra Leone and Aboriginal Australia. His work has been strongly influenced by critical theory, American pragmatism, and existential-phenomenological thought. Through a direct engagement with the everyday situations and struggles that characterize human life in any society, irrespective of its specific historical and cultural conditions, the ethnographic method of participant-observation promises not only an extended and deeper understanding of ourselves in relation to others and otherness; it may provide new insights into the limits and possibilities of both comparative analysis and viable coexistence in a multiplex world. He is the author of numerous books of anthropology, including the prize-winning Paths Toward a Clearing and At Home in the World, and has also published three novels, a memoir, and six books of poetry. His latest book, The Palm at the End of the Mind: Relatedness, Religiosity and the Real, appeared in February 2009, and in a work in press (Life Within Limits: Wellbeing in a World of Want) he uses his ongoing fieldwork in Sierra Leone to explore experiences of social injustice and existential dissatisfaction. He is presently writing on firstness as a fundamental trope in the social imaginaries and political discourse of indigenous peoples in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Areas of Interest

World Religions;



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