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Jenn M. Jackson (they/them) is a queer genderflux androgynous Black woman, an abolitionist, a lover of all Black people, and an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University in the Department of Political Science.

Jackson’s primary research is in Black Politics with a focus on group threat, gender and sexuality, political behavior, and social movements. Jackson also holds affiliate positions in African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and LGBT Studies. They are a Senior Research Associate at The Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, as well.

Jackson is the author of the forthcoming book BLACK WOMEN TAUGHT US (Random House Press, 2022). 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.


The Podcast


Jackson is co-host of the That Black Couple podcast, an honest look at Blackness, culture, and adult life. Join Daren and Jenn for their weekly podcast covering the absurdity that is navigating life as early 30-something Black married millennials whose “American Dreams” look more like an episode of “Living Single” than a Taylor Swift music video. They cover topics like toxic masculinity in relationships, race, gender, and parenting, millennial money issues, “pretty pregnancy” theories, and even navigating predominantly white workspaces as a young, radical person. We are sarcastic af and witty. We always keep it one hunnit.

The Magazine


Jackson co-runs the award-winning race and culture web magazine Water Cooler Convos.

Created in 2012 by Daren W. and Jenn M. Jackson, it is an online platform and community for Black millennials navigating the complexities of school, work, and other predominantly white spaces. We created this site to facilitate a safe space to discuss culture, race and relationships for Black millennials. We talk about movies and music, social issues and racial justice, hip-hop culture, parenting, love and relationships, and more.

Book Jenn to Speak


They are available to participate in speaking engagements, panels, and conferences on race, gender, sexuality, and class issues, including:

  • The intersections of gender and patriarchy and their implications
  • Understanding Black public opinion
  • Writing about social justice issues
  • Finding new and innovative ways to bring social activism into curricula and coursework.