Jenn M. Jackson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago who entered the program in 2014. 

Jackson's primary sub-fields are American Politics, Research Methods, and Political Theory. Her research topics include Black Politics, news media, social movements, and gender & sexuality. 

In her dissertation, Jackson investigates the political ideas and outcomes of recently formed social movement groups and their influence in shifting public discourse toward the margins. Methodologically, she utilizes quantitive analysis of survey data, computationally-coded news media 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 Fellow. She was named a 2016-2017 APSA Minority Fellow. Jackson was also a Graduate Parent Fellow in 2014. She has received the Edith Heller Juda Scholarship during each year of graduate school, 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 is also the Managing Editor for the Black Youth Project and Graduate Researcher at GenForward, both headed out of the University of Chicago, where she empowers voices of Black millennials in the digital space, educates Black and Latino/a Chicago-area students on research methods and student activism, and conducts research projects on social issues facing millennials of all races.

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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