Jenn M. Jackson

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Jenn in a nutshell (short bio):Jenn is a magical Black girl from the future and a Jill of all trades. She’s also an engineer by trade, a mom of three, a politics scholar, and an activist who dreams up statistical probabilities while watching reality TV. She never drinks coffee but loves hot chocolate. Jenn has been over six-foot-three since seventh grade. And, no, she doesn’t play basketball.

Jenn the scholar:She is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. An Oakland, CA native, she earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in Sociology. She went on to earn an M.A. in Political Science (honors) from California State University, Fullerton where she later taught Political Science Research Methods and Black Politics. Just before entering grad school, Jenn was a senior-level analyst in STEM fields in Orange County, California.

Jenn the writer and activist:As a freelance writer, she pens stories about Black womanhood at the intersection of politics, parenting, and pop culture. Jenn is the Managing Editor for, a platform dedicated to knowledge, voice, and action for the uplifting of Black millennial voices. She co-runs the award-winning web magazine Water Cooler Convos with her partner Daren W. Jackson. Here she writes about social issues and pop culture. She is also the founder and CEO of The Worth Campaign, a nonprofit committed to empowering young Black women and girls.

Featured at:Jenn has been featured on radio shows across Chicago and news broadcasts like Chicago Tonight and WGN News at Nine. Her writing has been featured electronically in Marie Claire, The Daily Dot,The Root,EBONY,For Harriet,xoJane,Clutch Magazine,Blogher, and Chicago Maroon (print).


  • USC Industrial Engineering '07
  • UChicago PhD Political Science '20
  • Education
    • USC
    • University of Chicago