Shannon Jackson is Chancellor's Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she is also the Director of the Arts Research Center. Her research focuses on the relation between performance and social reform (eg. Lines of Activity, 2000), between performance and allied disciplines (Professing Performance, 2004), and between performance and visual art forms (Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics, 2011). She is currently completing a new book on the intermedia theatre company, The Builders Association with M.I.T. Press. Jackson has received prizes and grants from the American Studies Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the National Communication Association, the LEF Foundation, the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation, the Creative Work Fund, the San Francisco Foundation, and others. She serves on the boards of Cal Performances, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Berkeley Center for New Media.