After a rewarding career in archaeological and museum photography, Jamison studied urban geography at Northeastern Illinois University (BA, Honors, 2008) in Chicago. There he was introduced to critical theories of race and class, and in his undergrad thesis constructed a historical cartography of
Chicago's black populations and public housing stock utilizing Geographic Information Systems. He went on to study cultural geography at Simon Fraser University (MA, 2011) in Vancouver. There he returned to his interests in art, photography, and museums and analyzed how the Vancouver Art Gallery leverages the powerful socio-spatial presence of art in a campaign to relocate and build a new museum. Jamison moved to Williamsburg in 2011 and started teaching cultural geography at John Tyler Community College as an adjunct instructor. He began his PhD program in fall 2013, with research interests in community colleges, critical university studies, and digital cultures.
"I chose the higher education program at William and Mary because of the faculty's support and enthusiasm for diverse topics and approaches to research. It was clear to me that the faculty considered my background in geography and GIS an asset, and they encouraged me to develop my own research agenda. I am looking forward to studying what is a new field for me, and I'm excited about working with the students at the School of Education who come from wide variety of backgrounds."
Feel free to email Jamison if you would like to learn more about his research or perspectives on the program.