About

I live in Baltimore with my husband, Kwamina, and our son Benjamin Eyiku. While South Africa has long been my main second home, these days I’m found more often in Accra. I work across English, Russian, Afrikaans, Shona, and Anglo-Fante literary traditions, and am always glad to hear from other writers and unorthodox comparatists. In addition to my main regional field of African studies, I publish on novel theory, literature and philosophy, comparative method, and Russian literature. As of fall 2019, I am editor of the “Field Reports” section on Modernism/modernity Print Plus.

Aside from academic books and essays, I write for more widely accessible venues like n+1, 3:AM Magazine, Public Books, The Conversation, and Popula. You can find links to pieces published there and elsewhere on my “Other Writing” page.

I can be contacted at jjacks98@jhu.edu. I am happy to share PDFs of articles and syllabi, as well as keep in touch with colleagues who have similar interests.

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