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Jenn M. Jackson

Jenn M. Jackson

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Jenn M. Jackson

Assistant Professor, Political Science Department

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Affiliate, Women’s and Gender Studies

Affiliate, African American Studies

Affiliate, LGBT Studies


  • 2024 Spring
    • PSC/WGS 300 Selected Topics - Black Feminist Politics
  • 2023 Fall
    • PSC 600 Selected Topics - Gender & Politics
  • 2023 Spring
    • PSC 121 American National Government and Politics
    • PSC/WGS 300 Selected Topics - Black Feminist Politics
  • 2022 Fall
    • PSC 804 Advanced Topics in Qualitative Methods
    • PSC 600 Selected Topics - Black Feminist Politics
  • 2022 Spring
    • PSC/WGS 319 Gender and Politics
    • PSC/WGS 300 Selected Topics - Black Feminist Politics

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2019


Jenn M. Jackson (they/them) is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Jackson also holds faculty affiliations in African American studies, women’s and gender studies and LGBT studies, and is a senior research associate at the Campbell Public Affairs Institute.

Jackson's primary research is in Black politics with a focus on racial threat and trauma, gender and sexuality, political behavior, and social movements.

Jackson’s first academic book project "Policing Blackness" (University of Chicago Press, 2023) investigates the role of group threat in influencing Black Americans’ political behavior. Methodologically, they utilize quantitative analyses of survey data and experiments as well as qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with young Black Americans ages 18 to 35 to investigate both intergroup and intragroup differences in responses to and ideas about group threat. Jackson finds that Black women are most likely to express concerns about state-based and intragroup threat. Comparatively, Black men vary drastically in their responses to group threat depending on their sexual orientation, gender expression, and vulnerability to stereotypes.

Jackson is the author of the forthcoming book "Black Women Taught Us" (Random House Press, 2023). The book is an intellectual and political history of Black women’s activism, movement organizing and philosophical work that explores how women from Harriet Jacobs to Audre Lorde to the members of the Combahee River Collective, among others, have for centuries taught us how to fight for justice and radically reimagine a more just world for us all.

Jackson received a doctoral degree from the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago where they also received a graduate certificate in gender and sexuality studies. Jackson earned a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in sociology, and went on to earn an M.A. with honors in political science from California State University, Fullerton, where they later taught Political Science Research Methods and Black Politics. 

Areas of Expertise

Black politics, gender and sexuality, political behavior, public opinion, social movements, mixed methods

Research Interests

I focus on Black Politics at the intersections of gender and sexuality, policing, and racial trauma.

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Race, Risks, and Responses: Mapping Young Black Americans' Responses to Group Threat", Sponsored by CUSE Grants - Seed Grant.

"To Be a Radical: How Intersectional Politics Remade Social Movements", Sponsored by Faculty Creative Activities and Research (FCAR) Grant Program.

Selected Publications

Presentations and Events

Women’s and Gender Studies, Univ of Texas, Austin, "To Be a Radical: Black Feminist Politics, Queer Organizing, and the Remaking of a Movement" (October, 2022)

Davies, E., Jackson, J. M., Ba, B., Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, "Funding Communities to Defund Police: Police, Nonprofits, and Reducing Community Violence" (September, 2022)

Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, LeMoyne University, "Policing Blackness" (March, 2022)

Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, Western Washington University, "Policing Blackness" (February, 2021)

Stanford University, "Race and the American Criminal Justice System" (June, 2020)

Annual Meeting of Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA), "Intersectionality 101: Understanding Power, Privilege, and Personal Responsibility" (June, 2019)

Department of Political Science at the Marquette University, "Race, Risks, and Responses: Young Black Americans and the Politics of Group Threat" (April, 2019)

Honors and Accolades

Diversifying Higher Education in Illinois Fellow ($15,000), State of Illinois (2018 - 2019)

Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018)

Diversifying Higher Education in Illinois Fellow ($15,000), State of Illinois (2017 - 2018)

NWSA Women of Color Leadership Project, National Women’s Studies Association (2017 - 2018)

Urban Doctoral Fellow ($1,000), University of Chicago (2017 - 2018)