OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

Jerlando F. L. Jackson

Faculty Profile




366 Education Building
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jerlando F. L. Jackson

Vilas Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jerlando F. L. Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and the Director and Chief Research Scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Fueled by more than 125 publications, Professor Jackson’s research on hiring practices, career mobility, workforce diversity, and workplace discrimination has evolved into his focus on organizational disparities. He has authored or edited six books, including Measuring Glass Ceiling Effects: Opportunities and Challenges (2014) and Ethnic and Racial Administrative Diversity: Understanding Work Life Realities and Experiences in Higher Education (2009).

Professor Jackson has established multiple groundbreaking initiatives that include serving as Founding Executive Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy (CAARP) in 2005, Founding Co-Director of the Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course on African Americans and Education held at the American Educational Research Association since 2007, Founding Director of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) in 2010, and Co-Founder of the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education in 2011. He has also received external funding to develop the Beyond the Game program and the National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics, transformational projects related to the experiences of student-athlete and staff in intercollegiate athletics.


  • B.A., Music Education, University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Auburn University
  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University