Dissertation: “Race, Risks, and Responses: Mapping Black Americans’ Reactions to Group Threat” (in progress)

In this project, I examine the role of socialization in influencing young Black Americans’ political action. Specifically, I am concerned with how socialization shapes perceptions of and responses to group threat and how those perceptions affect responses to threats encountered in the daily lives 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 from women and LGBTQI respondents. 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.


Jackson, Jenn M. “Private Selves as Public Property: Black Women’s Self-Making in the Contemporary Moment” (Forthcoming: Public Culture, 2018)

Jackson, Jenn M. “Black Americans and the ‘Crime Narrative’: Comments on the use of news frames and their impacts on public opinion formation” (Revise and Resubmit)