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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

Spring 2015

Eng 438 - Film Directors

Tuesdays (Eve) 7:00 - 9:40
Reg. No.  13357
*Off Campus @ Amherst Theatre, Across from UB South Campus

Eng 697 - Definitions of America:  Attica

Monday 3:30-6:10, Clemens 610
Registration Numbers:   Section A2 Seminar REG #24465,   Section B2 Recitation REG #24466

Fall 2014

Tuesdays (eve)  7:00 - 9:40
Reg. No.  20654

Works in Progress

Working on book currently titled "Madhouse Rules," an expansion of the talk I gave in the UB Humanities Institute Foucault Symposium; completing book (to be published by SUNY Press) with artist Harvey Breverman of his drawings and my photographs of all the writers who have appeared in Just Buffalo's "Babel" series, with text by Michael Kelleher.

Selected Publications

  • 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)