Hi, I’m Imani J. Jackson, JD, LLM. 🙂
Law & Journalism Scholar, Journalist, University Lecturer
I am the Law, Environment & Society Fellow at the University of Florida’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. My research, writings and lectures regularly fuse law, journalism, culture and the environment. From this interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, I chose the “Inter-Imani” URL.
Born to college sweethearts who became an attorney and a robotics teacher, I believe in diverse learning modalities and empowerment through the academy. My dream is to become a university professor. Having worked, grown up in and chosen to pursue education in ethno-culturally distinct environments, I am at home many places — or, at least, comfortable and welcome alongside various communities.
I earned a mass communication BA at Grambling State University (where I was editor-in-chief of the university and city newspaper for two-and-a-half years), and a JD, with a critical race theory focus, at the re-established, historic Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando.
A few years later, I took my academic curiosity and skills to Florida’s flagship institution, the University of Florida, where I earned an environmental and land use law LLM and a Latin American Studies graduate certificate. Recently, UF admitted me to the fully-funded Fall 2020 communications law PhD program.
Fun facts: I am a creative who writes and performs poetry, researches fashion history and co-founded a performing arts troupe called Lyrical Quest. I’m an eighth-generation North Floridian, textbook eldest sibling and southern hip-hop appreciator. My Goddaughter gave me my coolest title to date, “Godmani.”