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Michael Jackson

Political Scientist, Public Policy Researcher/Analyst, Freelance Writer

Bronx, NY


I have both academic and work experience with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in terms of gathering, manipulating, and interpreting data. My strengths throughout my professional and academic life are not only superior interpersonal, writing, and research abilities, but also a talent for explaining complex public policy and political ideas in a plainspoken manner that is easy for various policy stakeholders to understand. My research interest has been mainly concerned with increasing political incorporation of African Americans in particular, and marginalized people of color in general. I consider myself an activist/scholar who has a responsibility to bridge the divide that often exists between ideas and actions.  
I believe that these aforementioned qualifications along my intense work ethic as well as my unique personal story, which involved overcoming poverty through academic achievement, would make me an outstanding addition to any team. In addition, I have experience both with conducting political and market research telephone and in person survey interviews, but also have helped coordinate some focus groups. While much of my recent writing experience has been in the academic world, I have had many years of private sector customer service and managerial experience as well as editing a political science journal.  
My varied experiences have taught me how to build strong relationships with all departments at an organization as well as work both within, and across teams.

Work Experience


Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action
New York, NY

December 2012 to December 2013

Conducting secondary research on core public policy issues aas well as writing memos highlighting key trends. 
Assisting with statistical analysis using STATA. 
Providing background research for media appearances 
Providing editorial assistance for publications, such as completing citations. 
Tracking and blogging news coverage and events on various public policy issues.


School Leadership Team (SLT), Bronx Engineering & Technology Academy
Bronx, NY

September 2012 to February 2013

As a member of the School Leadership Team at Bronx Engineering & Technology Academy presiding over the development of school’s budget and Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) and facilitating the joint development of school policy, parent involvement and student achievement by the various members of the SLT.

Parent Representative

School Leadership Team (SLT), Bronx Engineering & Technology Academy
Bronx, NY

September 2011 to September 2012

As a member of the School Leadership Team at Bronx Engineering & Technology Academy I assist the development of school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) and offer consultation on the joint development of school policy, parent involvement and student achievement.

Teaching Assistant

Columbia University
New York, NY

September 2009 to January 2010

Examined the role and impact of organized labor in American politics and explored the history and development of the American labor movement; its significance as a central political actor in major social policy debates of the 20th century.

Research Assistant

Hayward, CA

June 2006 to June 2008

The California Votes Initiative is a multi-year project funded by the James Irvine Foundation to increase voter turnout among low propensity communities in Central and Southern California. As part of the evaluation team, headed by project PI Dr. Melissa R. Michelson, organized, coded, and evaluated quantitative data using Excel and SPSS. Conducted qualitative, contextual research on various election cycles.

CSUEB student journal of politics

Hayward, CA

August 2006 to June 2007

International and Comparative Politics Editor 
Worked with other editors to review and select articles for publication using a blind review process. Worked with accepted authors to improve and polish articles for publication. Organized corporate fundraising efforts and worked with other editors on alumni fundraising and production, including design, cover art selection, layout, and proofreading.

Campaign Volunteer

Wilma Chan for State Assembly Campaign
Oakland, CA

May 2000 to November 2000

Distributed campaign information in district and at events 
Participated in telephone Get-Out-The Vote effort 
Gained knowledge of grassroots retail campaigning

Operations Manager

Washington Area Post
Washington, DC

February 1995 to May 1997

Managed a staff of 30-50 employees to deliver time sensitive mail to offices in downtown Washington DC. I was in charge of hiring and firing the staff as well as scheduling shifts for the sorters and deliverers. My additional duties included maintain correspondence with clients and calculation payroll for the entire office. My most significant accomplishment was getting hired as a mail delivery person and excel to the extent that I was asked to be the operations major.

Telephone Polling Interviewer

The Smith Company
Washington, DC

April 1994 to November 1994

Assisted in nationwide telephone political polling 
Assisted with setting up focus groups and gained knowledge of nonpartisan political opinion polling


PhD in American Politics with a research focus on African American political behavior and participation

Columbia University -
New York, NY

2008 to 2010

B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Urban Studies

California State University East Bay -
Hayward, CA

2004 to 2007


A direct, articulate writer and communicator able to present and synthesize complex material into cogent messages for diverse audiences. Skilled time management professional who consistently achieves project completion while maintaining a professional manner under tight deadlines. Creative, energetic, unconventional thinker that seizes all opportunities to translate ideas with exceptional imagination, image and style. Proficient in SPSS & STATA, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office, Internet, WordPerfect, Outlook, Lexis-Nexis, J-Stor, and bibliographic search engines


Columbia University Teaching Fellowship

September 2009

Columbia University Graduate Fellowship

September 2008

American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program

February 2007

J. Malcolm Smith Scholarship Recipient for Academic Excellence

March 2005


American Political Science Association

January 2006 to Present

National Conference of Black Political Scientists

September 2008 to Present

Western Political Science Association

January 2006 to September 2008

California Sociological Association

January 2006 to September 2008


The Browning of Europe: A Comparative Analysis of British, French, and German Reaction to Postwar Immigration

May 1, 2007

East Bay Politica (Spring 2007): 13-24. Hayward: California State University East Bay.

The Changing U.S. Electorate

January 8, 2013

Engaging Every Voter in the Lone Star State

February 4, 2013

Access to Affordable Higher Education is a National Security Issue

February 28, 2013

Good Grades or No Groceries: Linking Entitlements to School Performance

May 7, 2013

The Myth of the Black-on-Black Crime Epidemic

June 29, 2013

Additional Information

"Bridging the Divide: Tackling African American Socio-Economic Disparity as Means of Political Incorporation"  
Paper presented at the California Sociological Association 2007 Annual Meeting, Berkeley, CA