B.S. 1966 Michigan State University, Psychology
M.A. 1970 University of Toledo, Psychology
Ph.D. 1972 Wayne State University, Social Psychology
James S. Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Director and Research Professor of the Institute for Social Research. He is the past Chair, Social Psychology Training Program and Director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, the Program for Research on Black Americans, and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, all at the University of Michigan. He is past Chair of the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences (K) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Former Chair of the Section on Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Task Force on Minority Issues of the Geronontological Society of America, the Committee on International Relations and the Association for the Advancement of Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is a former National President of the Association of Black Psychologists and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). Currently he is President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations.
He served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging Advisory Council and the Board of Scientific Counselors. He served as a member of the Advisory Council to the Director of NIH. He is a fellow of several scientific societies, including the New York Academy of Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research in Aging, Gerontological Society of America, the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Distinguished Career Contributions in Applied Psychology, the Association for Psychological Sciences, Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association, Solomon Carter Fuller Award, American Psychiatric Association, Senior Health Policy Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Sciences, New York Academy of Medicine. In 2002, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He is a Member, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, National Research Council.
He has conducted research and published numerous books, scientific articles, and chapters on comparative international studies on immigration, race and ethnic relations, physical and mental health, adult development and aging, attitudes and attitude change, and African American political behavior. He is the Co-Director of the NIH supported University of Michigan "Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities" and the "Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research".
He was appointed to the National Science Board in 2014.