Aaron Jackson


Aaron Jackson


I am a third year dual MA student at Mississippi State University. My research interests center around the intellectual history of the 1968 Prague Spring as a key contributor to the mindsets of socialists and fellow travelers around the world. My interest in the 1968 Prague Spring was first sparked when I was a student in Paris, staying in the apartments of Dr. Regina Tinelli (RIP 2007), a retired research microbiologist at the Pasteur Institute. This accomplished scientist had traveled the world for her work, including a visit to Prague during the famous events of 1968. Hearing these events told from a first person perspective fascinated me. Later, when I was working in New Zealand, I discovered that a native New Zealander named Ian Milner had been living in Prague during the same era. I was able to access his numerous letters in the Alexander Turnbull National Archive Library in Wellington. Seeing the Prague Spring through the eyes of this convinced socialist intrigued me and gave me a desire to pursue this topic.


Dual M.A. in History and French, Mississippi State University, 2021 - projected
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, New Zealand, 2010
Certificat d'Etudes Superieures, Institut Saint Pie, Valais, Switzerland, 2005
A.A. in Liberal Arts, Saint Mary's College, Kansas, 1999

Academic Career

Graduate Teaching Assistantships at Mississippi State University: 2018-present:
• HI-1063, early US History, working under Dr James Hill
• HI-1073, modern US History, working under Dr Matthew Lavine
• HI-1213, Early Western World, working under Dr Julia Osman
• HI-1173, Modern World, working under Dr Julia Osman
• HI-1003, History of Science in Six Ideas, working under Dr Courtney Thompson

Dean of Academics & High School Teacher, Saint Vincent's Academy, Kansas City, Missouri, 2015-2017
Principal, Queen of the Holy Rosary Academy, Saint Louis, Missouri, 2014-2015
Principal, Saint John Vianney Academy, Long Prairie, Minnesota, 2013-2014
High School Teacher, Blessed Virgin Mary Academy, Syracuse, New York, 2010-2013
High School Teacher, Saint Dominic's College, Wanganui, New Zealand, 2006-2010


Currently under peer review for the New Zealand Journal of History: “Socialism Tells Its Own Story:
Ian Milner and the Dream of a Redeemed Socialism in the Prague Spring.”

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