Dr. Eric R. Jackson received his BS from Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana, where he graduated in 1988, with a major in American History and minors in Afro-American Studies and Political Science. After a brief stint working for the Indiana General Assembly, he enrolled in the Graduate History Program at the University of Cincinnati, focusing Early American and African American history. He completed his doctorate in 2000, using an interdisciplinary approach of history and education. His dissertation examined the educational history of African Americans in Indianapolis, Indiana during the first half of the twentieth century.
Dr. Jackson has taught numerous courses, such as the History of Colonial America, Introduction to Afro-American Studies, the History of African Americans to 1877, the History of the New South, Historical Themes in African American History, The Ethnical and Theological Philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, The History of African American Education, as well as the History of Race Relations in the Americas. Dr. Jackson has published in several journals in multiple fields, Educational Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, and Ohio Valley History. Some of his works also has appeared in several multi-volume works that include such titles as The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery and Organizing Black America: The Encyclopedia of African American Associations. Professor Jackson recently published a co-edited book titled Reflections of African American Leaders in the Peace Movement: A Documentary History, 1898-1967 (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2003) and pictorial history of African American life in Northern Kentucky (Arcadia Publishing, 2005). Currently Dr. Jackson is working on an illustrated history of the Underground Railroad in the Ohio Valley, authoring an Introduction to Afro-American Studies textbook, a book on African American religion and the Black Church in Northern Kentucky and co-authored work Urban Education and Parental Involvement.