Jenn M. Jackson is a scholar activist, educator, and writer whose work rests firmly at the intersections of race, gender, sex, and class. Jenn is the Managing Editor for BlackYouthProject.com, a platform dedicated to knowledge, voice, and action for the uplifting of Black millennial voices.
Through her research and teaching in the academy, her advocacy as an instructor of high school and college-aged students, and her storytelling through the written word, Jenn seeks to disrupt the status quo which demands silence from those who are most marginalized in society, namely queer and “socially deviant” Black women. In the traditions of women like Anna Julia Cooper, Ida B. Wells, and Angela Davis, she is a firm believer that it is the job of Black women academics to make space and hold that space for the fullness of Black womanhood especially in the Ivory Tower, social justice, and publishing realms.
Jenn is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Jenn serves as a co-facilitator for the American Politics Workshop in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her work de-centers white, male, heterosexuality in the study of public opinion and political identity formation. Rather, she focuses her multi-methodologically based work on young Black women whose social identities locate them outside of the normative public sphere. And, she co-runs the award-winning race, culture, and Black Love blog Water Cooler Convos.
Her personal website is JennMJackson.com.