Water Cooler Convos

Jenn M. Jackson is a proverbial "Jill" of all trades. She's a kick ass mom of three who dreams up statistical probabilities while watching reality tv. Yup, true story. She is a freelance writer, educator, and politics scholar. Oh, and she's a recovering misanthrope so this might be a good time to connect:)

She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. She also holds a master's degree in political science and is on her way to a doctoral program in the same discipline. She currently teaches black politics at California State University, Fullerton.

As a black woman, a mother, an adjunct instructor, a blogger, a self-professed glerd (geeky black nerd), and a numbers crunching professional who spends most of her day attached to something electronic, she juggles virtually any hat she gets her hands on. That means she's a polymath.

And, she is unapologetic about it.

She has been featured digitally on EBONY.com, Rage Against the Minivan, Beyond Black & White, Black Girl Nerds, and Made Woman Magazine. She co-runs the award-winning blog Water Cooler Convos with her husband Daren W. Jackson.

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