Olivia Blackmon

Olivia Blackmon, Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Faculty: Adjunct
409 J
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

International Development and Globalization, Race and Class Inequalities, Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis 

Olivia M. Blackmon has her Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Education Policy, and advanced quantitative methods. She currently is the Asst. Program Director and Faculty at The George Washington University school of Integrated, Information Science & Technology Program, and teaches courses in the Sociology department. Dr. Blackmon also serves as a Senior Education Advisor for Central American with DevTech, a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Global Impact forum for West Africa, and is the Board President of Ajeah a NGO based in Togo to support equal educational opportunities for children. Previously she has served as the Director of Research at Thurgood Marshall College Fund and conducted research on STEM initiatives at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S., and Brazil. She has consulted with USAID, World Vision, the United Nations, and UNICEF to design, implement and measure high impact STEM, reading literacy and humanitarian programs throughout East and South Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. 

Current Research

International Research focused on  Central America, Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa:
a). Program development and evaluation of STEM, Reading Literacy, and drop-out prevention
b). Performance and Impact Evaluations of K-12 education
c). Capacity Building to support education achievement in rural areas
d). Effective programs to address Gender Based Violence
e). Effective healthcare programs for females

National Research:
a). The effects of technology on STEM and Reading Literacy in K-12 Education
b). Policy reform in K-12 education
c). Racial and Class inequalities in education 


Ph.D. George Mason University, 2015

M.S. George Mason University, 2015

M.Ed. Fellowship, Harvard University, EWA Fellowship Education, 2007

B.S. George Mason University, 1999

Classes Taught

Undergraduate Courses: 

SOC 2101 Social Research Methods

SOC 2170 Class and Inequality in American Society

SOC 2173 Social Movements 

SOC 2179 Race and Minority Relations