Dr. Jacobs was born and raised near Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently Dean of the College of Social Sciences at San Jose State University. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Indiana University.
Dr. Jacobs holds a doctorate in sociology and has published multiple works, including a book on undergraduate media literacy, a memoir about "sociological ghosts," Ghostbox.
As you create your questions, consider the following:
1. Did the article increase your understanding of the novel, Invisible Man? How so? How not?
2. Does the article raise any new questions or wonderings about Ellison's intent, themes, importance?
3. Do you have any questions for the author? (For example: race in America, invisibility as a black man in America, stereotyping, growing up black in America (South), growing up smart and black in the South, collective identity of Black/White America, individual identity in Black/White America, why he thinks Invisible Man is an important novel, diversity in America.)
Remember that you will be corresponding with a dean of a university sociology program. Keep your questions brief and academic in nature, and take advantage of the great opportunity for insight and learning! Dr. Jacobs is willing respond to your questions either publicly (on our blog) or privately (through email). You will also be given the opportunity to respond to his responses, via the blog.