David Jackson, Ph.D.

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David Jackson, Ph.D.

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2922
  • Email: jacksod@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 107 Williams Hall


  • Department of Political Science, BGSU
  • AAUP, BGSU Faculty Association President


David J. Jackson’s research focuses on the links between young people’s entertainment and political preferences.  He has also written extensively about organized labor’s campaign contribution strategies.  His interests extend beyond the US to Canada, where his research has focused on entertainment and politics, as well as gambling policy.  He is also interested in Poland and the Polish diaspora in the United States, and he has written about the role of music in the creation and maintenance of the Polish-American identity. He is the host of the Sunday Morning Polka Show on WXUT, 88.3FM in Toledo from 10:00 to 12:00PM.


  • American Politics
  • Political Behavior
  • Media and Politics
  • Canadian Government and Politics


David J. Jackson earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Detroit, his M.A. in political science from BGSU, and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University.  

Selected Publications

Recent Articles:

  • Jackson, David J. and Lori Liggett.  Ethnic Music and Identity:  Surveying Polka DJs and IJs.  Polish American Studies, 2020.  
  • Jackson, David J.  2019.  Polish Americans in Toledo, Ohio, USA: Ethnicity and Holiday Traditions.  European Journal of Transformation Studies 7(2).  
  • David J. Jackson (2018) The Effects of Celebrity Endorsements of Ideas and Presidential Candidates, Journal of Political Marketing, 17:4, 301-321, DOI: 10.1080/15377857.2018.1501530
  • Jackson, David J. and Lori Liggett.  2018.  Political and Cultural Beliefs of Young Polish Americans.  Polish Diaspora in North America.  Gdynia, Poland: Museum of Emigration.   
  • Jackson, David J.  2014.  Polish American Polka Music, Identity and Traditional Values.  Polish American Studies 71(1): 37-52.
  • Entertainment and Politics: The Influence of Pop Culture on Young Adult Political Socialization.  Second, revised edition published by Peter Lang in 2009.
  • Classrooms and Barrooms: An American in Poland.  2009, Hamilton Books.
  • “The Influence of Celebrity Endorsements on Young Adults’ Political Opinions.”  The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics 2005 10: 80-98.  
  • “Pushing Politics: Polka Music and Polonia.” Polish American Studies, 2004  61(1): 61-87.
  • Semifinalist, Master Teacher Award, 2011-2012
  • Undergraduate Student Government Faculty Excellence Award, 2004-2005
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • Canadian Government Research Grant
  • Canadian Government Faculty Enrichment Grant


  • American Government
  • Politics and Mass Media
  • American Political Thought
  • Research Methods
  • Canadian Government and Politics

Updated: 04/12/2021 02:45PM