Dr. Ronald L. Jackson II is Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati. He is also 2nd Vice President of the National Communication Association.
Author of thirteeen books and more than 75 academic publications, Dr. Ronald L. Jackson II is one of the leading communication and identity scholars in the nation. His research examines how theories of identity relate to intercultural and gender communication. In his teaching and research, he explores how and why people negotiate and define themselves as they do. Additionally, Professor Jackson's research includes empirical, conceptual, and critical approaches to the study of masculinity, identity negotiation, Whiteness, and Afrocentricity. He is nationally recognized for having developed a model known as the Black Masculine Identity Theory.
Before coming to the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Jackson was Professor of Media Studies and Africana Studies in the Institute of Communications Research at University of Illinois. Prior to that he was Professor of Intercultural Communication in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University, where he had been employed for ten years. He spent the 2006-2007 academic year serving as both a Penn State University Administrative Fellow and a CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow - opportunities that prepared him for his most recent position as the first African American dean of McMicken College of Arts & Sciences at University of Cincinnati.