SLU News--Joy Jackson
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JOY JACKSON HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTION TO LOUISIANA HISTORY
HAMMOND -- Joy Jackson, director of Southeastern Louisiana University's Center for
Regional Studies, has been honored for her contributions to Louisiana and Florida Parishes
Jackson has been awarded the University of Southwestern Louisiana Center for Louisiana
Studies' James William Rivers Prize. The prize recognizes those who have "contributed
significantly through outstanding scholarly study, work or teaching to the culture, history, art,
architecture, flora, fauna, music, literature, law or geography of Louisiana."
Southwestern president Dr. Ray Authement, cited Jackson's "career contributions to the
interpretation and understanding of history and particularly the history of the Florida Parishes"
through her work in the Center for Regional Studies.
The prize takes the form of a $1,000 cash award and a framed commemorative certificate.
Jackson, who is fellow of the Louisiana Historical Association, has been as member of
Southeastern's history and government faculty since 1966 and director of the Center for Regional
Studies since 1980. She was named university archivist the following year.
She is the author of two books, "Where the River Runs Deep'' and "New Orleans in the
Gilded Age,'' and numerous articles in scholarly journals. She also has edited "Southeast
Louisiana Historical Association Papers'' since 1976 and "Regional Dimensions'' since 1983.
Prior to joining SLU's faculty, Jackson taught history at Nicholls State University.