Jenn Jackson

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Jenn Jackson

Contact Information
jjacks37@maxwell.syr.edu

528 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-9802

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Affiliate, Women’s and Gender Studies
Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Degree

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2019

Specialties

Black Politics, Gender and Sexuality, Political Behavior, Public Opinion, Mixed Methods

Courses

Introduction to American National Government, Gender and Politics, Black Feminist Politics

Publications

Jackson, Jenn M. (2018) “Black Americans and the ‘crime narrative’: comments on the use of news frames and their impacts on public opinion formation,” Politics, Groups, and Identities, DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2018.1553198

Jackson, Jenn M. (2018) “Breaking Out of the Ivory Tower: (Re)Thinking Inclusion of Women and Scholars of Color in the Academy,” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, DOI: 10.1080/1554477X.2019.1565459

Jackson, Jenn M. (2020) “Private Selves as Public Property: Black Women’s Self-Making in the Contemporary Moment” (Forthcoming: Public Culture, spring 2020)

Research Projects

Book Project: “Race, Risks, and Responses: Mapping Black Americans’ Reactions to Group Threat”

In this project, I examine the role of group threat in influencing young Black Americans’ political action. Specifically, I am concerned with how socialization shapes daily perceptions of and responses to group threat and how those perceptions affect the political behavior of young Black Americans. My work draws on critical race theory, political psychology, and political behavior literature to foreground the ways that the threats associated with group membership uniquely shape the social and political lives and choices of young Black Americans.

Methodologically, I utilize quantitative analyses of survey data and experiments as well as qualitative analysis  of 50 in-depth interviews with young Black Americans ages 18 to 35 in the Chicago area to investigate both intergroup and intragroup differences in responses to threat. My hypotheses especially focus on variations in threat responses from women and LGBTQI respondents. As such, I find that Black women are most likely to express concerns about state-based and intragroup threat. Conversely, Black men vary drastically in their responses to group threat depending on their sexual orientation, gender expression, and vulnerability to stereotypes.