About

I live in Baltimore City with my husband, Kwamina, our son Benjamin Eyiku, and our giant cat Maestro, aka “The Scamp”. While South Africa has long been my main second home, these days I’m found more often in Ghana. I work across English, Russian, Afrikaans, Shona, and Anglo-Fante literary traditions, and I am always glad to hear from other unorthodox comparatists. In addition to my main field of African literature, I publish on novel theory, literature and philosophy, comparative method, and Russian realism. I also edit the “Field Reports” blog for Modernism/modernity’s Print Plus website.

In 2021, I was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. You can read more about my fellowship research here

Aside from academic books and essays, I write for a wide range of public-facing venues. You can find links to that work on my “Other Writing” page.

I can be contacted at jjacks98@jhu.edu. 

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(Photo credit: Rachel Smith Photography.)