Elizabeth K. Jackson is Professor of Communications at California State University Bakersfield. She earned her B.A at the University of California Los Angeles. Jackson’s first M.A. is from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee in Clinical Psychology. Her second M.A. and Ph.D. are in Communications from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Jackson completed her post-graduate work at the University of Bologna, Rimini, Italy, and California State University Dominguez Hills in Negotiation/Conflict Resolution/and Peacebuilding. In 1997 Jackson received the International Professor of the Year Award from the International Foundation of Education and Self-Help for her pioneering work in Ethiopia, having created an Ethiopian-type Sesame Street to help raise literacy rates for 9th graders. She followed up this work with an award-winning documentary, Surviving Abyssinia (2000), which spoke to her personal experiences about residing in Ethiopia at the onset of the war with Eritrea. In 2003-2004, Jackson was a Fulbright Scholar to Zimbabwe. In 2010-2011, she worked actively in Malawi training and conducting workshops in conflict resolution as faculty within the University of Malawi system found themselves in battle with the country’s President, and went on a five-month strike to protest spies in the classroom.