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Erika Jackson

Assistant Professor of History

Contact Information

Houston Hall 221B



PhD, Michigan State University

MA, Loyola University

BA, Michigan State University


Erika Jackson, PhD, received her Bachelor of Arts in history from Michigan State University and went on to earn her Master of Arts in American history from Loyola University-Chicago and her PhD in history from Michigan State University. An assistant professor of history at Colorado Mesa University, Jackson teaches Early American History, Modern American History, The Age of Industry in America, The 1950s and 1960s in America, American Film History, History of Sexuality, Senior Seminar in Historical Research and Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Sciences.

Jackson specializes in late 19th and early 20th century American history with an emphasis on women's and gender history, the history of sexuality, immigration and ethnic history, urban history and labor history. Her research focuses on Scandinavians in America and she is currently working on the completion of her manuscript that investigates Nordic ethnic identity and American attitudes towards Scandinavians in both Chicago and modern America between the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Jackson is also the history faculty liaison to both secondary and elementary education and advises education students. Jackson, along with Brenda Wilhelm and Jennifer Hancock, created a new minor in women's and gender studies and serves as an advisor to the program. Additionally, Jackson is club advisor to Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society, which engages students in events and activities including conferences, club meetings, fundraisers and other opportunities for scholarly engagement.