colby-sawyer faculty

Omari Jackson

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Education
(603) 526-3322 |

Professor Jackson joined the faculty in 2013. He completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Michigan and graduate degrees at Wayne State University. He teaches courses on race and ethnicity, social inequalities/stratification, and education. His specific research interests are in educational inequalities that persist among the African American middle class.

He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in what he thought, at the time, was a middle class environment. Professor Jackson is married to Kanika Nicole Jackson and is a father to Omari Jackson Jr.

Areas of Expertise

  • Educational Inequalities
  • Intersectionality of Race, Class and Gender


  • Omari Jackson. “The Not So Monolithic Middle-Class: A Study of Black and White Children's Educational Aspirations.” 2012 Association for Black Sociologists Annual Meeting. Denver, Colo., August 16, 2012.

  • Omari Jackson. “Education Reform: Race and Class as Factors.” 2010 Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Ga. August 13, 2010.

  • Omari Jackson. “The Influence of Perceived Parental Educational Aspirations on Children's Educational Aspirations: Black Middle-Class vs. White Middle-Class.” 2010 Association for Black Sociologists Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Ga. August 12, 2010

  • Omari Jackson. “College Life and How to Succeed in Your First Year.” 2011 Business Professionals of America Annual State Conference. Grand Rapids, Mich. March 26, 2011.

  • Deric B. Williams II and Omari Jackson. “Application, Admission, Decision: Families' Implicit and Explicit Directives.” 2009 Michigan Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference. Ann Arbor, Mich. November 16, 2009.


  • Ph.D., M.A., Sociology, Wayne State University
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Michigan