Marissa A. L. Jackson is an attorney by profession, an artist by blood, a social commentator by nature/nurture, a philanthropist by heritage, and an author at heart. She started this blog after moving to Dakar, Senegal, where she launched an interdisciplinary human rights and development think tank.
Marissa is currently living, writing and rioting (not in the 1967 sense) in Detroit, where she spent the vast majority of her childhood. Marissa also writes for CompareAfrique, and recently gave a TEDx talk entitled “Human Rights, Sankofa, and the Power of Paradigms” in April 2014, at TEDxNorthwesternU. Her essay in defense of social media-based activism in support of the kidnapped Chibok girls was featured in The Guardian in May 2014.
Marissa is a proud Afro-Jamerican, a radical subaltern feminist, post-colonial theorist, tea afficionado, pescetarian, unabashed catlady, mezzo-soprano, big sister to three accomplished siblings, and of recent, a runner. She is also a newlywed and Baby B’s (step)mama. Marissa believes strongly in Christian liberation theology, and is an active in her church’s children’s ministry. She loves pre-war apartments, music, dance, and ginger, and is trying to muster up the courage and patience for Bikram yoga.
Marissa joins NYU School of Law as an Assistant Acting Professor of Lawyering in the fall of 2014, where she will focus on: the impact of human rights norms upon contract and property law in gentrifying metropoles throughout the post- and neo-colonial African world and Urban North; the relationship between socioeconomic human rights and national security/peace; the role of human rights law in the African-American community; and the rights of women and girls to marry and refuse marriage.
Follow Marissa on Twitter at @latoubabnoire.