Jackson is a Ph.D. student in the Morality and Language Lab at USC,  studying the moral psychology of conflict utilizing both novel machine learning tools and behavioral experiments. His work explores how individual and group moral beliefs and behaviors shape cultural conflicts and in turn how these conflicts shape our moral beliefs and behaviors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Cal State Northridge, his master’s degree in Cognitive Anthropology from Queen’s University Belfast, and has conducted field research on cultural conflicts in Israel, Armenia, Eastern Europe, and the U.K. Most recently, his research focuses on the moral language on online networks and the role it plays in our cultural polarization via both on and offline behavior. 


  • B.A. Psychology & Religious Studies, Cal State University Northridge
  • M.A. Cognitive Anthropology, Queens Univ. Of Belfast
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    The moral psychology of cultural conflict.

    Research Keywords

    moral psychology, religion, politics, cognitive anthropology, war, trauma, cultural conflict, habits, disgust, threat perception