Victoria Jackson is a sports historian and lecturer of history in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Her sports history course offerings include Sports in United States History, History of College Sports, History of Baseball: America's Pastime and American Dreaming, and History of the Olympic Movement. She studies the history of sport in U.S. higher education. Her current book project, Justice and Injustice in American Intercollegiate Athletics, connects the effort to expand opportunity for college women in sport and the problems of big-time college sports which disproportionately affect young black men. Her dissertation, Title IX and the Big Time, presents the history of big-time intercollegiate athletics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through the school's women’s program, from 1950 through the 1990s. She holds an MA and PhD from Arizona State University, and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated summa cum laude and joined Phi Beta Kappa. Jackson was also a cross country and track and field athlete for UNC and ASU, a national champion for the Sun Devils at 10,000 meters, and a professional runner, endorsed by Nike. Jackson works with Sun Devil Athletics on a variety of history, education, and leadership initiatives for athletes, coaches, and the greater Sun Devil community. She is a member of the inaugural cohort of Global Sport Scholars affiliated with the Global Sport Institute at ASU. Jackson would like for her ASU school record in the 5,000 meters to be broken as soon as possible.
In 2017-2018, Jackson is partnering with Sun Devil Athletics to tell ASU's Title IX story. This research initiative will support a year-long celebration of women in sports and higher education. Follow along with #TitleIXTuesday and #TitleIXat45.