Dean, MSU College of Education and the MSU Research Foundation Professor of Education
Prior to joining Michigan State University in 2022, he held both the Rupple-Bascom Professor of Education and Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also served as department chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and the director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB).
The recipient of more than 20 honors and awards, Professor Jackson was awarded the Mildred Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University, Distinguished Scholar Award from the Committee on Scholars of Color at the American Education Research Association and the Brown Award for Excellence in Higher Education and Community Service from the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute. He was named to Education Week’s 200 Most Influential Education Scholar list in 2019 - 2021, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s list of “Nine Distinguished Educators that Are Making a Mark” and Madison365’s “Black Power List” both in 2018.
He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University.