Chris Jackson is an instructor at De Anza College in Cupertino and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, U.C. Berkeley. Previously he has taught at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. He was raised in California, and received his Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, with a dissertation directed by Charles Maier entitled “Industrial Labor between Revolution and Repression: Labor Law and Society in Germany, 1918-1945.” He has received fellowships from the Krupp Foundation, the International Research Exchanges Board (IREX), and the DAAD.
Focusing largely on European history, Jackson is currently involved in several projects: a history of linguistic nationalism in the modern era and the challenges such nationalism poses for European integration, a comparative study of disability rights, and the origins and development of the termination protection law in Germany.
A long-time resident of Berkeley, Jackson is married to Fran Smallson, with whom he has a son, Benjamin, who currently attends UC Santa Cruz. He also has an identical twin brother, Steven, who teaches political science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.