Research

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.

Peer-Reviewed:

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)