Maria Rosario Jackson
Dr.Jackson is also Senior Advisor to the Arts and Culture Program at the Kresge Foundation where she helps design and implement the Foundation’s new national grantmaking strategy focused on Creative Placemaking. Her research focuses on urban policy, neighborhood revitalization and comprehensive community planning, the politics of race, ethnicity and gender in urban settings, and the role of arts and culture in communities. Projects that Dr. Jackson has directed or in which she has played a key role have focused on economic development, public safety, education, parks, housing, community cultural vitality and artists in communities as well as the development of quality of life indicators. Her work has typically integrated both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Dr. Jackson’s work has appeared in academic and professional journals as well as edited volumes in the fields of urban planning, sociology, community development and the arts. She has been a speaker at numerous national and international conferences focusing on quality of life, changing demographics, communities and cities of the future, and arts and society.