J.R. Jamison is a founder of The Facing Project, a national organization that creates a more understanding and empathetic world through stories that inspire action. He is also the co-host of The Facing Project Radio Show on NPR.
In addition to The Facing Project, J.R. serves as the Executive Director of the Indiana Campus Compact, an editor for the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, and on the Board of Governors for the Alexander M. Bracken Library.
He developed the discussion guides for all three of Kelsey Timmerman’s books, “Where Am I Giving? A Global Adventure Exploring How to Use Your Gifts and Talents to Make a Difference” (Wiley, 2018), “Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy” (Wiley, 2014), and “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes” (Wiley, 2012 — a New York Times Bestseller).
The “Where Am I?” series and all of their discussion guides have been adopted as campus common readers by over 150 colleges, universities, and high schools across the country. The partial guide for “Where Am I Eating?” can be found on this site.
J.R.’s writing has appeared in national journals and he has been featured in The Huffington Post, Harlem World Magazine, The Guardian, and on NPR. His memoir, HILLBILLY QUEER, is forthcoming. He seeks to connect people to create understanding across difference, and he regularly speaks at conferences, universities, and speakers’ series around the nation and the world. Invite him to yours!
J.R. is represented by Julie Stevenson of Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents in New York City. He lives in Muncie, Indiana.