Jenn M. Jackson is a doctoral candidate in American Politics who entered the program in 2014. Her primary research topics include Black Politics, news media, social movements, and gender & sexuality. 

In her dissertation, Jackson investigates the ideas and actions of young political actors to answer the question, "What has changed about Black Politics?". Methodologically, she utilizes quantitive analysis of survey data, computationally-coded news content, and qualitative analysis in the form of interviews and case study method to answer critical questions concerning the emergence of social movement organizations and their impacts on the mainstream public sphere.

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 Latino/a 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.

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