Dr. Jackson is responsible for ACTA’s academic publications and for initiatives relating to academic freedom, free expression, civics education, and curricular improvement. This includes overseeing What Will They Learn?, ACTA’s annual assessment of the general education programs of over 1,100 colleges and universities. Prior to joining ACTA, Dr. Jackson was Senior Program Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies, where he focused on topics such as free expression, academic freedom, and the cultural challenges of illiberalism.
He teaches in the Department of Political Science at American University. Prior to this, he taught at both Eastern Michigan University and Hillsdale College. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University, specializing in Political Theory and American Government. He has published academic work on Thomas Hobbes and Adam Smith, as well as essays on higher education.