Assistant Professor of the Practice,
Nonfiction Writing Program
Office: 70 Brown St., Room 334
Ph.D. African American and African Studies, Michigan State University, 2009.
M.A. Critical Studies in the Teaching of English, Michigan State University, 2001.
B.A. English, Norfolk State University, 1998.
Dr. Austin Jackson is Assistant Director of The Writing Center and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Creative Nonfiction Writing Program. Austin's teaching and research areas include rhetoric and composition, critical literacy, and qualitative research in English education. His original research has been published by National Council of Teachers of English Press/Routledge, The International Journal of Africana Studies, Reading Research Quarterly, The Black Scholar, American Language Review, and Stanford University's Black Arts Quarterly. In 2014, Bedford/St. Martin's Press published his co-edited anthology, Students' Right to Their Own Language: A Critical Sourcebook. The book, co-edited with Staci Perryman-Clark and David Kirkland, collects perspectives from some of the field's most influential scholars to provide a foundation for understanding the historical and theoretical context informing the affirmation of all students' right to exist in their own languages. His current book project, Composing Democracy: Writing, Race, and the Politics of Hip Hop Culture, explores how incorporating radical social theory in college composition facilitated students' ability to engage, produce, and disrupt discourses of power.
Prior to Brown, Austin served as Assistant Professor of Writing & Rhetoric in Transcultural Contexts in the MSU Residential College in the Arts in Humanities. He also served as Director of the MSU My Brother's and Sister's Keeper Program, a mentoring and service learning initiative for adolescent youth attending Detroit Public Schools. In 2016, he established the My Brother's Keeper Prison Outreach Program, a peer-mentoring program for inmates at the Richard A. Handlon Men's Correctional Facility, Ionia, MI.