Jenn M. Jackson

Jenn M. Jackson, CSRPC Dissertation Fellow; Doctoral candidate in American Politic

CSRPC Dissertation Fellow; Doctoral candidate in American Politic

Jenn M. Jackson is a doctoral candidate in American Politics who entered the UChicago Political Science doctoral program in 2014. Jenn’s primary research interests include Black Politics, news media and public opinion, social movements, and gender & sexuality.

In her dissertation, "Race, Risks, and Responses: Mapping Black Americans' Reactions to Group Threat," Jackson revisits the "racial threat hypothesis" by challenging its canonical focus on feelings of threat within white subgroups. Rather, her research centers the experiences of Black Americans. Specifically, she interrogates the role of threat in influencing Black Americans’ political action. Methodologically, Jackson utilizes quantitative analyses of survey data and experiments as well as qualitative analyses of in-depth interviews with young Black Americans to investigate two modes of political response to threat stimuli: a) intergroup variations in threat responses between Black respondents and other racial minority members, and b) intragroup differences in threat responses from women and LGBTQI respondents within Black populations.

Jackson is a 2017-2018 Urban Doctoral Fellow, a 2016-2017 APSA Minority Fellow and a 2014 Graduate Parent Fellow. She has received the Edith Heller Juda Scholarship, an award given to highly motivated students at the University of Chicago who have demonstrated a personal commitment to social and economic justice for all people and who have indicated their intention to dedicate themselves and their professional careers to the pursuit of these fundamental objectives, during each year of her graduate career at the University.

For the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, Jackson serves as a co-facilitator for the American Politics Workshop in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. She works as a Researcher at the GenForward Survey Project where she conducts research on social issues facing millennials. Jackson also served as the Managing Editor for the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago from 2015 to 2017 where she empowered voices of Black millennials in the digital space and educated Black and Latinx Chicago-area students on research methods and student activism. 

Born in Oakland, CA, she earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in Sociology. She went on to earn an MA with honors in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton where she later taught Political Science Research Methods and Black Politics. She also holds a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago.

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