Bio

Hi, I’m Imani J. Jackson, JD, LLM.

Cultural Heritage Communications PhD Student, Writer & Lecturer

I am an interdisciplinary and intercultural scholar based out of Gainesville, Florida. As a (fully-funded) cultural heritage communications PhD student at the University of Florida, my research, writings and lectures regularly fuse law, journalism, culture(s) and the environment.

Having worked, grown up in and chosen to pursue education in ethno-culturally distinct environments, I am at home in 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 the sunshine state’s flagship institution, the University of Florida, where I earned an environmental and land use law LLM and a Latin American Studies graduate certificate.

Fun facts: I (sometimes) perform poetry and co-founded a performing arts troupe called Lyrical Quest in undergrad. 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.”