Skip to main content

Skip page navigation

Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Jason Baird Jackson « Committee on NAIS

Picture of Jason Baird Jackson

Professor of Folklore
Affiliated Faculty in Cultural Studies and Anthropology

Office: 506 N. Fess Ave, Room 301
Phone: (812) 856-1868
E-mail: jbj at


I am a folklorist and ethnologist whose teaching and research work bridges the fields of folklore, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and ethnomusicology. I have collaborated with Native American communities in Oklahoma (USA) since 1993, when I began a lifelong personal and research relationship with the Yuchi people. My studies concern, most centrally, the nature of customary arts, practices, and beliefs and the role that these play in social life. In addition to the ethnography and ethnology of Eastern North America, I am increasingly also pursuing projects that explore emerging (and often quite contested) issues in the areas of intellectual property, cultural property, and heritage policy. Lastly, most of my career has been spent working as a curator in museum contexts, and I remain deeply engaged with research in, and teaching about, museums, especially museums of art and ethnography. I am the former editor of the long-standing journal Museum Anthropology and I founded and continue to edit the open-access journal Museum Anthropology Review. Among my current projects is a book on the role of community rituals in shaping historical consciousness among the native peoples of Eastern North America. In this project I am seeking to extend the arguments of my first book, Yuchi Ceremonial Life: Performance, Meaning and Tradition in a Contemporary American Indian Community (University of Nebraska Press, 2003).

Relevant Courses

I regularly teach a graduate seminar on arts and expressive culture in Native North America (FOLK F640 Native American Folklore/Folk Music). I teach two undergraduate courses in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies. One is the combined course FOLK F275 Indigenous Worldviews/AMST A275 Indigenous Worldviews in the Americas. The other is FOLK F352 Native American Folklore.

Publication Highlights

Learn more about my teaching, curatorial and research work online at: