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The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

May 4, 2020

Dr. Lauren Michele Jackson teaches in the Departments of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Her first book, White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation, is published by Beacon Press (order here) or on Amazon.


Dr. Jackson's work (research, criticism, essays, and – on occasion – poetry) has appeared in The AtlanticThe AwlComplexFeminist Media StudiesHayden’s Ferry ReviewThe JournalNew RepublicThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewThe PointRolling StoneSpoon River Poetry ReviewTeen Vogue, and Vulture among other places.


Dr. Jackson received her BA with distinction in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2013. She continued on to earn a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Chicago in 2019. Her dissertation is titled “Black Vertigo: Attunement, Nausea, Aphasia, and Bodily Noise, 1970s to the present.”


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