Dr. David Jackson Jr. is one of Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) most published professors.
Jackson, who is a professor of history and chair of the Department of History, Political Science, Public Administration, Geography, African-American Studies, and Social Science Education. He has made a number of research accomplishments since joining the FAMU faculty in the fall of 1997. He has published nearly two dozen scholarly articles, book chapters and book reviews and has presented papers at numerous professional conferences. Jackson is author or editor of five scholarly books including A Chief Lieutenant of the Tuskegee Machine: Charles Banks of Mississippi, published by the University Press of Florida in 2002; Retrieving the American Past published in 2003 by Pearson Publishing; and Go Sound the Trumpet! Selections in Florida’s African American History published by the University of Tampa Press in 2005. His most recent book, Booker T. Washington and the Struggle against White Supremacy: The Southern Educational Tours, 1908-1912, was published in 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan.
His areas of expertise are ancient Africa with an emphasis on Egypt; Latin America with an emphasis on Brazil; and African-American history. His current research interests include African-American business history, the Jim Crow Era, racial violence, Southern history, African-American biographies and the Age of Booker T. Washington.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Jackson received a bachelor of science degree in history education and a master’s degree in public administration from FAMU. After graduation, Jackson worked as a financial analyst at International Paper for four years; after which, he taught at Watkins Overton High School in the Memphis City School system for three years. He was honored as “Most Influential Teacher” for the last two of those three years.
Jackson earned his Ph.D. degree in history at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. in 1997 and began his professorial career at FAMU that same year. Jackson also won the Rattler Pride award for Community Leadership and the FAMU Teacher of the Year Award in 2000, both within his first three years at FAMU. Jackson was promoted to the rank of full professor in only seven years at FAMU. Jackson was recently awarded the 2010 FAMU Research Excellence award for his contributions in the field.
Jackson was a member of FAMU’s marching and symphonic bands and is a member of several social and service fraternities including Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Likewise, he is a member of numerous honor societies and fraternities. He also served on the Florida National Register Review Board from 2000-2003 and the Florida Historical Commission from 2002-2003.
Jackson currently serves as board chairman for the John G. Riley House Museum and as a member of the Census 2010 Leon County Complete Count Committee.