27 relatable,” Scott said. “What makes her a special member of the Randolph faculty is that she goes out of her way to help students.” Another of Jackson-Beckham’s students, Taylyn Soult ’18, added that Jackson-Beckham made her feel especially welcome as a transfer student. “Not only is Dr. Jackson-Beckham a wonderful professor and advisor, she could also be considered a good friend,” Soult said. “She does her best to reach out to the students in a friendly manner and is able to put complex perspectives into ones that college students can understand and relate to.” For Jackson-Beckham, that sense of friendship and trust goes both ways. “Every day I’m struck by how lucky I am that I get to teach students who are so generous,” Jackson- Beckham said. “My students tell me what they want or need from me or if they’re afraid or uncertain. They trust me, and that is such an act of generosity. It still kind of floors me that I have students who just come into my office, sit on my couch, and talk. That doesn’t happen in other places, and that’s one of the things that makes Randolph special.” Jackson-Beckham’s next project is a book manuscript from her dissertation, tentatively titled The Value of a Pint: American Beer, Cultural Change, and the Stubborn Materiality of Contemporary Capitalism. She is also turning her focus to food studies research, including the examination of urban food deserts and dining services and programs at correctional facilities.
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