Angelica "Jelly" Loblack is a 2021 Ford Predoctoral Fellow. Jelly's research agenda primarily centers around the changing meanings and conceptions of blackness and how these differentially inform diasporic consciousness, racial and ethnic identity, and calls for racial solidarity in political movements. Specifically, Jelly interrogates how distinct processes of racial socialization and racialization work together with persistent exposure to anti-Blackness and racism to motivate Black immigrant and multiracial involvement in anti-racist activism and race-based social movements. Jelly's M.A. thesis, titled “'I Woke Up to the World” is a qualitative project based on 20 in-depth interviews with Black multiracial college students involved in anti-racist activism and Black interest groups. In her thesis, Jelly asks what motivates Black multiracial involvement in Black activist organizations and highlights the ways in which this involvement can impact Black multiracial students’ understandings of blackness, multiraciality, and identity more broadly. Jelly is currently working on a number of other research projects on topics related to: Black women's affective ties to hair, Multiracial student organizations, representations of multiraciality and interracial dating on social media, and the influence of skin tone on affective evaluations of hair. In addition to her research, Jelly has been invited to serve on numerous university sponsored and community led panels/talks discussing the continued impacts of skin color and hair texture in communities of color, Black Diasporic consciousness in race-based political movements, anti-blackness perpetuated in media, and community building among womxn of color. In addition, Jelly works as an anti-racist workshop organizer and facilitator for Color Code LLC. She also serves as a student ambassador for Research Talk, Inc.'s Qualitative Summer Intensive and Qualitative Inquiry for HBCU/MSI Researchers.
Areas of Interest
- Race and Ethnicity
- Racial Socialization and Racialization
- Multiracial and Black Immigrant Identity
- Social Movements
- Qualitative Methods
BAInternational Security Studies