Jacqueline Bacon is an independent scholar whose research and writing focus broadly on historical questions about language, empowerment, activism, and social justice. She received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in rhetoric in 1997.
Her publications consider a variety of subjects, including nineteenth-century African-American history and rhetoric, women’s rhetoric, media criticism, and issues of race and gender in contemporary society. She is particularly interested in the ways that people who are marginalized use the power of language to create positive identities, to fight for civil rights, and to critique institutional and societal oppression.
Bacon writes for a variety of audiences. As her diverse interests demonstrate, she wishes to engage in conversations both within academic circles and beyond them, believing that scholarly engagement with historical questions about race, gender, and oppression can inform contemporary debates and activism.