Maurice Jackson


Associate Professor


Department of History
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Maurice Jackson teaches in the History Department and African American Studies Program and is Affiliated Professor of Music (Jazz). Before coming to academe he worked as a longshoreman, shipyard rigger, construction worker and community organizer. His is author of Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, (1713-1784) Father of Atlantic Abolitionism and co-editor of African-Americans and the Haitian Revolution and Quakers and Their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808 (2015). Jackson has won many fellowships including at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and the Smithsonian Institution and is at work on Halfway to Freedom: African Americans and the Struggle for Social Progress in Washington, D.C. Author of many articles, he is co-editor of a special issue on Jazz in D.C. in Washington History (April 2014) and his Washington, D.C.: From the Founding of a Slaveholding Capital to a Center of Abolitionism, appeared last year. Jackson wrote the liner notes to the two jazz CD’s by Charlie Haden and Hank Jones, Steal Away: Spirituals, Folks Songs and Hymns and Come Sunday.

He has recently lectured in France, Turkey, Italy, Puerto Rico and Qatar. A 2009 inductee into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame, a delegate to the original DC Statehood Constitutional Convention and a former ANC commissioner, he was appointed by the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia as the first chair of the DC Commission on African American Affairs. In the fall of 2015, he will serve as the Special Advisor to Georgetown University President Jack DeGioia on DC Affairs.

He and his wife Laura Ginsburg live in DC and have two children. Lena is a 2003 graduate of the National Cathedral School for Girls and a 2007 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and was a member of the varsity track team. She recently received her MA in documentary film at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Miles is a 2006 graduate of the St. Albans School of Boys and a 2010 graduate of the University of Michigan where he was a member of the Men's Soccer team. He is the founder and executive director of Cuba Skate, which promotes understanding between US and Cuba youth through the sport of skateboarding.


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  • PhD () Georgetown University, History
  • MA () Georgetown University, History
  • BA () Antioch College, Political Economy