Kathleen Jackson, a Wiradjuri woman from NSW Australia, is a doctoral student in African American Studies with a primary field in History. Her research focuses on vice and anti-vice reform and enforcement in Memphis in the early twentieth century and its impact on Black Memphians. Her thesis focuses on economic injustice, sonic guilt, and the socio-cultural history of vice in Memphis. Her work demonstrates the long history of fees and fines systems, and the policing of "living while black".
Kathleen, before moving for her archival research, was Resident Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP), founder of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Working Group, and committee member for the W.E.B. Du Bois Society Graduate Society of GSAS. With the help of HUNAP, the Du Bois Society, and the Aurora Education Foundation, Australia, Kathleen is committed to improving access to higher education for underrepresented students, particularly Indigenous students, and creating healthy spaces that benefit alternative approaches to education.