Jackson B. Smith received a B.A. in History from Bard College as well as a Master 1 and Master 2 in Comparative Literature from the Université Paris VIII, both with mention très bien. Before coming to Princeton, Jackson also taught at the Université Paris-Est Créteil.
His work considers the relationship between memory, narrative and temporality in French creation (writing, cinema, comic books, visual arts) from the postwar to the contemporary. His research interests include Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, Nazism, the Algerian War and time travel.