Iesha Jackson

Associate Professor, Teaching & Learning
Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies
Expertise: Critical race theory in education, Culturally sustaining pedagogies, Educational equity for students of color


Iesha Jackson, an associate professor of teacher education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, is an expert on improving educational outcomes for students of color in urban schools.

Her published research calls attention to the need for equity-based reforms in practices and policies at high schools and in higher education settings. In order to address this, her work frequently applies critical race theory and is situated in three main areas: student voice, culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies, teacher education, and equity-based, macro-level education policies.

Jackson was featured in several Las Vegas news outlets for her leadership in UNLV's Rebel Academy, a summer program in which graduate students pursuing an accelerated alternative route to licensure (ARL) complete their practicum with local middle school students. Additionally, her service to the North Las Vegas community includes volunteering with several community-based organizations that serve Black and Latinx youth in the area.

In 2021, Jackson concluded a grant project that examined the life histories of in-service Black and Latinx ARL teachers and professional development needs for these teachers' retention. This work has become essential to her current framing of healing-centered pedagogies in urban education and is the basis of her co-edited book, The History of Now: Urban Education, Alternative Routes to Licensure, and the Oral Histories of Black and Latinx Educators.


  • B.A., English Literature, Arizona State University
  • M.Ed., Educational Administration, Arizona State University
  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Teaching (emphasis in urban and multicultural education), Columbia University

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Iesha Jackson In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez can count on one hand how many teachers of color he had while growing up in east Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Sun
The Clark County School District’s abrupt shift to digital learning in mid-March was especially tough on lower-income and minority students. Reportedly, nearly one-third of all students stopped learning because they didn’t have a device or internet connectivity so they could participate in the remote instruction.
Las Vegas Weekly
On April 28, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada sent a letter to Gov. Steve Sisolak declaring that the state has been failing to provide an equal education to all students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Las Vegas Review Journal
The middle schoolers bustled into the classroom at 8:30 a.m.

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