Justin A. Jackson

J. A. Jackson

Chair and Professor of English, Director of Writing Center

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for J. A. Jackson


Ph.D. in English, Old and Middle English Literature, Purdue University, 2004

M.A. in English, With Distinction, California State University, Fresno, 1997

B.A. in English, Cum Laude, California State University, Fresno, 1994


Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors (2012)

Professor of the Year (Hillsdale College, 2011)

Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence (Hillsdale College, 2008)

Select Publications

“Christological Meditations in the Works of the Pearl-Poet.” In Approaches to Teaching the Pearl-Poet, edited by Jane Beal and Brad Busbee, 122-30. New York: MLA, 2017.

“Christian Humanism, Theandric Existence: Christology, Atonement, and the Wisdom of Love in Julian of Norwich’s Revelations.” A Companion to Medieval Christian Humanism. Ed. John P. Bequette, 313-28. Boston: Brill, 2016.

“Salvation Twice Told: Idolatry, Typology, and Repentance in Genesis B.” In Telling Tales and Crafting Books: Essays in Honor of Thomas H. Ohlgren. Ed. Dorsey Armstrong, Shaun F.D. Hughes, and Alexander Kaufman, 93-117. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2016.

Deceit, Desire, and the Novel Fifty Years Later—the Religious Dimension: An Introduction to the Forum.” Co-authored with Ann W. Astell. Journal of Religion and Literature 43.3 (2011): 2-9.

“Freedom and Otherness: The Religious Dimension of Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground. Journal of Religion and Literature 43.3 (2011): 45-52.

Levinas and Medieval Literature: The “Difficult Reading” of English and Rabbinic Texts, with Ann Astell (Duquesne University Press, 2009).

Courses Frequently Taught

Old and Middle English Literature
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Biblical Narrative and Poetry
The Major Works of Dostoevsky
Existentialism and Literature


Dr. Jackson loves to investigate the intersections between literature, theology, and philosophy, and his scholarship and teaching reflect this love.