Jackson Kroopf

Graduate Student, SocDoc Program - Class of '17
Jackson has worked at the intersection of arts and activism in Poughkeepsie, Oakland, and Los Angeles, focusing on the role collaborative, narrative art can play in social change. Each community-based project has brought together a multi-cultural collective of artists that discuss their lives and concerns, and work together to bring those conversations to the stage and screen. Jackson is from Los Angeles, and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. to learn about various social and cultural movements taking place on a grassroots level.
Education and Training: 
B.A. Imagined Alternatives: Identity and Community, Vassar College
Research Interests: 

Jackson's previous narrative and documentary work has been shown at places like the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. His research interests include collaborative methodology, self-mythmaking, healing through creative expression, queer/radical approaches to performance, and the dialectic between maker, actor, and audience. Jackson is interested in intimate representations of marginalized identities, and the impact such representations can have on personal liberation and social change. For his Master's thesis, If You Don't Know Me By Now, Jackson is working with a series of collaborators on dynamic portraiture, which weaves together autobiography, desires, and institutional relationships in urban U.S. contexts.