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Pamela Jackson

Pamela Jackson

Comic Arts Curator | Co-Founder/Co-Director Center for Comics Studies, College of Arts and Letters

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Academic Rank: Librarian; Tenured
(619) 594-3809
pamela.jackson@sdsu.edu

Office: Love Library 145
University Library,
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive,
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Pamela Jackson has been a library faculty member in the California State University system since 2002. She is the Comic Arts Curator in Special Collections and University Archives at San Diego State University, and the Founding Co-Director of SDSU’s Center for Comics Studies in the College of Arts and Letters. She is also the archivist for San Diego Comic Fest. Pam manages a comic arts collection of approximately 100K published, archival, and ephemeral items. She co-created Comics@SDSU (now the Center for Comics Studies), where she works to include comics in the curriculum and foster the next generation of comics scholars. She has written numerous articles about comics and pop culture for academic publications and has presented at Comic-Con International, San Diego Comic Fest, and the Popular Culture Association. Pam was honored to serve as a judge for the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. She has an MA in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing from Sonoma State University, an MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a Professional Certificate in Rare Books and Manuscripts from the California Rare Book School at UCLA.

Professional History
  • Founding Co-Director, 2022—Present
    Center for Comics Studies | College of Arts & Letters, San Diego State University
  • Popular Culture Librarian, 2016—Present
    Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University
  • Information Literacy Librarian, 2005—2016
    Instructional Services, San Diego State University
  • Reference/Instruction Librarian, 2002—2005
    Reference, San Jose State University
  • Project Assistant, 2001—2002
    The Why Files, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Library Assistant, 1999—2001
    Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Archives Aid, 1991—1993, National Archives and Records Administration
Education
  • Professional Certificate, California Rare Book School, 2020
  • M.A. Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2002
  • M.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing, Sonoma State University, 1999
  • B.A. in English, Magna Cum Laude, With Distinction, Sonoma State University, 1998
  • A.A. Highest Honors, Saddleback College, 1995
Grants
  • Pamela A. Jackson, Building A Comics And Social Justice Curriculum At SDSU, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2022
  • Pamela A. Jackson, Building Capacity for Research and Teaching with Comics and Graphic Art, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2021
  • Pamela A. Jackson, The Comic-Con Kids: Finding and Defining Fandom, California Council for the Humanities (NEH Partner), 2012
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