Jasmine C. Jackson is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at
Purdue University. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Political
Science from Jackson State University. Jasmine’s areas of focus are American politics and public
policy. Her research interests examine the Black political behavior of both African American
citizens and political elites. In her dissertation, she evaluates how the current conceptualization
and measurement of political knowledge may exacerbate the racial gap between Blacks and
Whites. Jasmine is the 2017 recipient of the George Washington Carver Fellowship and a 2017-
2018 American Political Science Association Minority Fellow.