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Brandon A. Jackson

Brandon A. Jackson

Assoc Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(SOCI)-Sociology and Criminology

Phone: 479-575-3205

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Dr. Brandon A. Jackson is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology.  He also serves as the assistant director for the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Arkansas.  His research employs ethnographic methods to examine emotion cultures and social support among black men.  This work has won awards from the Association of Black Sociologists and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and has appeared in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Sociological Inquiry, Symbolic Interaction, and the DuBois Review.  He is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively titled “Brotherhood University: Black Men and Social Mobility on a College Campus.” Born and raised in Texas, he received his B.A. in sociology from Southern Methodist University, and his Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Race, Gender, Qualitative Methods, Race & Emotions, Race & Masculinity, the Black Middle Class, and Black Families.

SOCI 3413: Families and Social Change

SOCI 2013H: Honors General Sociology

SOCI 2013: General Sociology

SOCI 2043: Marriage and Family

SOCI/AAST 4153: Race and Society

2013 Ph.D., Sociology, Florida State University 
2009 M.S., Sociology, Florida State University
2007 B.A., Sociology, Southern Methodist University

2019. Stauss, Kimberly, Brandon A. Jackson, and December Maxwell*. “Collaborative Networks in Disempowered Communities: Experiencing Hardships while Focusing on Opportunities.” Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. Accepted for Publication.

2018. Jackson, Brandon A. “Cultivating a Professional Pose: Collegiate Black Men and Professional Self-Presentations.”  Du Bois Review. Published Online First

2018. Jackson, Brandon A. “Framing the Professional Pose: How Black Men in College Come to Understand Professional Performances.” Research in the Sociology of Work. 32: 249-266.

2018. Jackson, Brandon A. “Beyond the Cool Pose: Black Men and Emotion Management Strategies.” Sociology Compass. 12:4.

2018. Strmic-Pawl, Hephzibah, Brandon A. Jackson, and Steve Garner. “Race Counts: Racial and Ethnic Data on the U.S. Census and the Implications for Tracking Inequality.” Journal of Race and Ethnicity. 1:1-13.

2017. Jackson, Brandon A. and Mary Margaret Hui*. “Looking for Brothers: Black Male Bonding at a PWI.” Journal of Negro Education. 86: 463-478.

2017. Armstrong, Jasmine* and Brandon A. Jackson. “They Expect You to be Better: Mentoring as a Tool of Resistance among Black Fraternity Men.” Studies in Symbolic Interaction. 48: 175-190. 

2016. McCabe, Janice and Brandon A. Jackson. “Pathways to Financing College: Patterns in Students’ Narratives of Paying for School.” Social Currents. 3: 367-385.

2013. Jackson, Brandon A. and Adia Harvey Wingfield. “Getting Angry to Get Ahead: Black College Men, Emotional Performance, and Encouraging Respectable Masculinity.” Symbolic Interaction. 36: 275-292. 

2013. Jackson, Brandon A. and John Reynolds. “The Price of Opportunity: Race, Student Loan Debt, and College Achievement.” Sociological Inquiry. 83: 335-368.

2012. Jackson, Brandon A. “The Bonds of Brotherhood: Emotional and Social Support among College Black Men.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 642: 61-71.

Professional Service

2018-Present. Sociology of Education Editorial Board Member.

2018-2021. Southern Sociological Society Membership Committee.

2016-2017. Southern Sociological Society 2017 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

2015-2016. American Sociological Association (Section on Race and Ethnic Minorities) Blackwell Graduate Student Paper Award.

2015-2018. Southern Sociological Society Nominations Committee.

2015-2016. Southern Sociological Society 2016 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

2014-2015.  Society for Study of Symbolic Interaction Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award Committee Member.

University Service

2018-Present. Assistant Director, African & African American Studies Program

2018-Present. College Representative, Faculty Senate, Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences 

2017-2018. Guiding Priorities Metrics Committee 

2017-Present. Faculty Mentor, University of Arkansas Honors College First-Generation Initiative  

2015-Present. Faculty Advisor for University of Arkansas Young Democrats.

2015. Alley Scholars Summit, Master of Ceremony.

2014-2017. Faculty Advisor for the University of Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Black Men United (NABMU).

2014-2016. University Housing Adopt-a-Prof Participant.

2018. Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society Summer Research Fellowship. (Funded, $2,500). University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

2018. Professional Development Grant, Department of Sociology and Criminology. (Funded, $2,050). University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

2018. Faculty Development and Enhancement Travel Assistance Program, Office of the Provost. (Funded, $500). University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

2016. Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Boys and Men Opportunity Success Team (BMOST) Assessment Project Grant: Phase IV. Co-PI (Funded, $50,000). The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Little Rock, AR.   

2016. Connor Faculty Fellowship (Funded, $3,000). University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. 

2016. Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Boys and Men Opportunity Success Team (BMOST) Assessment Project Grant: Phase III. Co-PI (Funded, $12,000). The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Little Rock, AR.   

2016. Service Learning Materials and Equipment Grant. Co-PI (Funded, $1,500). University of Arkansas

2015. Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Stipend (Funded, $5,000). University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. 

2014-2015. Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Boys and Men Opportunity Success Team (BMOST) Assessment Project Grant. Co-PI (Funded, $25,000). The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Little Rock, AR.   

2014-2015. Adopt-A-Prof of the Year, University of Arkansas.