Jenn M. Jackson is a third year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Jackson's primary sub-fields are American Politics and Research Methods.
Jackson's research topics include public opinion, news media frames, race and politics, gender, sexuality, and class, deviance, counterpublics, and the composition of the modern public sphere.
Within her dissertation project, she applies mixed-methods approaches including interviews, survey methods and experiments, and political history to answer critical questions concerning Black Americans and the politics of publics. In particular, she explores the political engagement of Black Americans who are considered “socially deviant” and who are, therefore, situated outside of a mainstream notion of politics and citizenship.
Jackson was named a 2016-2017 APSA Minority Fellow. She was also a Graduate Parent Fellow in 2014. 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, Jenn 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.
Her personal website is JennMJackson.com.