Esther Jack-Vickers

Esther Jack-Vickers

Political Science Adjunct Faculty; Global Studies Ph.D. Candidate

Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
Political Science
201M Dugan Hall


Academic advice and mentorship

Research Interests

My research interest is in the migration-development nexus. It intersects the study of migrant integration, homeland links, and transnational participation. I draw from diaspora studies, transnational migration studies, and development studies to explain the important role that immigrants of sending countries play in the development of their homeland. I specifically investigate the effects of integration and family ties on migrant’s homeland participation.


  • Ph.D. Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Option: Socioeconomic Development)
  • M.A. Global Studies, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Nigeria
  • B.A. English and Linguistics, University of Jos, Nigeria
  • Professional Certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL), Cambridge University, United Kingdom (an online course)


I am an Adjunct Faculty in both the Political Science Department and the Honors College, where I teach Introduction to International Relations, Introduction to Comparative Politics, International Politics of Human Rights, and First Year Seminar in Honors, both in person, virtually, and online. My classes connect theories and concepts to explain real life political events. I also serve as Honors Specialist and Thesis/Project Advisor at the Honors College, and volunteer as Honors College representative to the first-year writing program.

I also volunteer as an executive member of the Berom Community North America, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the Berom cultural heritage both in the diaspora as well as in the homeland. I also serve on the board of Corruption Prevention Institute, an organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that facilitates a proactive fight against any form of corruption and determined to take a challenge of making less corrupt continents of the world.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Nehemiah’s Troop Scholar (2014)
  • Brandeis University Scholar, Merit Award (2013)
  • Best Staff of the Year Award (2007) – Shepherd’s International College
  • Plateau State Government Scholar (2000-2003)

Selected Presentations

  • New England Political Science Association, (NEPSA), Bretton woods, New Hampshire, 2022
    Paper Topic: Estimating the determinants of integration to predict homeland participation
  • New England Political Science Association (NEPSA), Portland, Maine, 2019
    Paper Topic: Power, Ideology, and the Entrapment of Human Trafficking Victims
  • Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA), Philadelphia, 2017
    Paper Topic: Within and Across Borders: An Exploration of Themes on Human Trafficking in Nigeria and South Africa

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Professional Development Award (Spring, 2022) – College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS)/Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) ($1,000)
  • Professional Development Award (2020) - College of fine arts, humanities, and social sciences/ Global Studies Program, University of Massachusetts, Lowell ($800)
  • Travel Grant Award (2017)- International Studies Association (ISA)/Pay-it-forward (women helping women) Professional Development Workshop ($520)

Research Currently in Progress

  • Jack-Vickers, E. (In the works) Estimating the Determinants of Migrant Integration to Predict Homeland Participation
  • Jack-Vickers, E. (In the Works) Exploring the Perceptions of Discrimination Among Nigerian Immigrants in the United States