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Bruce Jackson

Professor Bruce Jackson

SUNY Distinguished Professor
James Agee Professor of American Culture

Office: 610 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0714
E-mail address:
Personal website:


narrative theory and performance; ethnography; film; photography

Current Courses

Fall 2016

Eng 381 Film Directors

Tuesdays (Eve)  7:00 - 9:40

Reg. No.  23464

Spring 2017


Works in Progress

Working with Kate Valk and The Wooster Group on a spring 2017 stage production in NYC, currently titled “The B-Side,”  based on my ethnographic work in Texas prisons. Editing two books of my photographs, one of landscapes in the northern Chihuahuan Desert, the other of portraits 1963-2016. Also working on a book currently titled “Madhouse Rules,” an expansion of the talk I gave in the UB Humanities Institute Foucault Symposium several years ago. 

Selected Publications

  • American Chartres: Buffalo’s Waterfront Grain Elevators. SUNY Press. 2016.
  • Inside the Wire: Photographs from Texas and Arkansas Prisons. University of Texas Press. 2013.
  • In This Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America. With Diane Christian. University of North Carolina Press and Center for Documentary Studies. 2012.
  • Pictures from a Drawer: Prison and the Art of Portraiture, 2009 (Temple University Press)
  • The Story is True: The Art and Meaning of Telling Stories, 2007 (Temple University Press)
  • Late Friends (Center Working Papers 2005)
  • Disorderly Conduct (political and social essays, 1992, University of Illinois Press)
  • Death Row (with Diane Christian, Beacon Press, 1980; French ed., Le Quartier de la mort, Editions Terre Humaine, Paris: Plon, 1985; 2nd French ed. with additional photographs 1986)
  • Killing Time: Life in the Arkansas Penitentiary (photographs, Cornell University Press, 1977)
  • Wake Up Dead Man: Afro-American Worksongs from Texas Prisons (Harvard University Press, 1972, 2nd paperback edition, with additional photographs and new introduction University of Georgia Press, 2000. LP 1974, CD 1996, Grammy nominee)
  • In the Life: Versions of the Criminal Experience (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972: French editions with title Leurs Prisons, preface by Michel Foucault, Editions Terre Humaine, Paris: Plon, 1975 and with new signature of my photographs, 1978)