Jeb Middlebrook, Ph.D. is Founding Partner at Middlebrook Learning Labs & Consulting (est. 2003), a global research & development firm assisting individuals, institutions & industries in education, arts, social justice & real estate, with offices in Long Beach, Lakewood, and Seal Beach, CA.
Jeb holds a Ph.D. & M.A. in American Studies & Ethnicity from the University of Southern California, a specialization in Real Estate from UCLA & a B.A. in Ethnic Studies (IDIM) from the University of Minnesota. Jeb has won faculty awards from USC & California State University.
Jeb also holds certifications in Online Teaching from Quality Matters, Diversity Training from Cultural Intelligence Center & a license to buy, sell & refer real estate from the California Department of Real Estate (DRE 02097471 / Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance). Jeb has assisted on over $3 million dollars in residential & commercial real estate sales, with a focus on working-class & local ownership.
Jeb volunteers for the housing network, OP3N HOU5E, with the following services:
- Free property ownership & financial freedom classes.
- Free rent, downpayment & mortgage fundraisers.
- Donation of 25% of each real estate commission to a non-profit of client’s choice.
With OP3N HOU5E, Jeb works on the following types of real estate: apartments, condos & homes; commercial properties; land; rental properties; and vacation homes.
Contact Jeb with questions or for more information on these services.
Jeb also specializes in events-based marketing (community events, pop-ups, live webcasts, festivals), front-facing sales (in-person and online), brand & organizational development, industry & non-profit research. In these capacities, Jeb has worked with: Yale University, University of Southern California, California State University, University of Colorado, University of Minnesota, Sierra Club, NBC, ABC, MTV, Vh1, PBS, Complex, Coldwell Banker, among others.
Jeb’s academic writing is published by the University of Southern California, American Quarterly, Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural Studies / Critical Methodologies, Journal of African American Studies, Greenwood Press, Gale/Cenage Press, MLA Bibliography, & Crandall, Dostie & Douglass Books. Jeb has presented at Yale University, the University of Minnesota, Kansas University, among other research universities.
His first book manuscript, Organizing Race: Antiracist Activism and Multiracial Alliance in the United States, is a historical and contemporary study of radical Left organizing across race (and its relation to gender, sexuality and class) from the 1960s to the present that sought antiracist, anti-capitalist, & anti-imperialist institutional change. His second book project, Prison Music: Containment, Escape, and the Sound of America, is a cultural history of incarceration in U.S. society from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, told through the sound of prison in popular culture, policy & protest.
Jeb is the recipient of a Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Award, a Learning Environments Incentive Grant, & an Award for Excellence in Teaching nomination, from the University of Southern California (USC) for his research, teaching, and service work. Jeb is also the recipient of a Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award, a Program for Excellence in Graduate Education Award & a Distinguished Teaching Award nomination from the California State University (CSU) system.
At USC, Jeb has taught courses including: “Social Problems,” “Crowds, Publics, and Social Movements,” “Public Policy and Criminal Justice,” and “Social Inequality: Class, Status & Power.” He also has taught in the Department of Sociology, the Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, and the Graduate Certificate Program in Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with classes including, “The Culture of Incarceration,” “Music and Social Change,” & “Class, Stratification, and Power.”
At CSU, Jeb has taught courses including: “Field Studies in Urban Problems,” “Criminology,” “Corrections,” “Deviant Behavior,” “Juvenile Delinquency,” “Social Organization,” “The Individual in Society,” “Sound & Society,” “Hip-Hop & Justice Studies,” & “Social Movements,” among other courses. His research & teaching interests span the disciplines of sociology, ethnic studies, cultural studies, geography, history & anthropology & include topics such as: race and ethnicity, prison, music, sound, social movements, transnationalism, intersectionality (race, class, gender, sexuality), popular culture, archives & ethnography.
Jeb lectures nationally through SpeakOut!: The Institute for Democratic Education & Culture, with colleagues such as Angela Davis, Winona LaDuke, Sonia Sanchez, Van Jones, Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, Alice Walker & the late Howard Zinn. He has given talks to thousands of people at campuses across the United States including Yale University, University of California, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri & Kansas University.
Jeb worked as managing editor of American Quarterly: The Journal of the American Studies Association & was part of the editorial team that won Journal Issue of the Year from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for the Special Issue, Nation and Migration: Past & Future (Johns Hopkins University Press). He has also worked as a Teaching Assistant for university courses in the departments of American Studies & Ethnicity, Anthropology, and Sociology at the University of Southern California including “America, the Frontier & the New West”, “Race and Class in Los Angeles,” “Exploring Culture Through Film” & “Social Problems.”
Jeb has received international media coverage for his work from NBC, ABC, and MTV Networks, Associated Press, Complex Magazine, and Hot 97 Radio in New York, among other media outlets. He has been featured in the television program, The (White) Rapper Show (MTV/VH1), the film, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible (WorldTrust), and the books, Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America, and Beacons in the Storm: White Educator Activists Working for Racial Justice.
Jeb has volunteered with social justice organizations locally & nationally, including: AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps (Western Region), Showing Up for Racial Justice (National & Long Beach, CA Chapters), Black Lives Matter (National & Long Beach, CA Chapters) & the Occupy Movement (National and Various Chapters).
Jeb has also volunteered with Critical Resistance (Los Angeles Chapter), Californians for Justice (Oakland & Long Beach, CA Chapters), Center for Third World Organizing, Challenging White Supremacy workshop, Khmer Girls in Action, Men Making a Change, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Young Patriots Organization, Hip-Hop Co-op, SESSION & OP3N HOU5E.
Jeb is a DJ, curator, poet & is on social media @JebMiddlebrook. He lives in Long Beach, CA & is from Austin, MN.