Walt Jacobs

Associate Professor Walt Jacobs was chairperson of the Department of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota from July of 2007 through June of 2012. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Indiana University. He is passionate about undergraduate education, in terms of teaching (offering two new CLA courses), research (authoring a book on undergraduate media literacy, and co-editing an anthology on educational environments), and service (such as 2006-2012 membership on the U of M’s Council on Liberal Education, which implemented new university-wide requirements for undergraduates). His current research explores personal and social possibilities of undergraduate students’ generation of creative digital nonfiction.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1999.
  • M.A.: Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1995.
  • B.S.: Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 1990.


  • media literacies
  • critical pedagogy
  • Black popular culture
  • scholarship of teaching and learning
  • race and ethnic relations
  • technology and society
Courses Taught
  • AFRO 3910, Digital Storytelling In and With Communities of Color
  • AFRO 1902, Your Television Will Be Colorized: Black TV Comics' Riffs on Race
  • The Pedagogy of Digital Storytelling in the College Classroom: Jacobs, Walt, Rachel Raimist and Candance Doerr-Stevens, Seminar.net, 6(2) 280-285, 2010. Link
  • Ghostbox: A Memoir. Jacobs, Walt, iUniverse, Author, 2007. Link
  • Speaking the Lower Frequencies: Students and Media Literacy. Jacobs, Walt, State University of New York Press, Author, 2005. Link
  • If Classrooms Matter: Progressive Visions of Educational Environments. Jacobs, Walt, Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Routledge, Co-Editor, 2004. Link
  • College of Liberal Arts "Red" Motley Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 2009