Angelica Loblack, better known as Jelly, received her B.A. in International Security Studies and Criminology-Sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 2018. She obtained her M.A. in Sociology from the University of South Florida in 2020. 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”: Politicizing Blackness and Multiracial Identity Through Activism," is a qualitative project based on 21 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. 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.
Areas of Interest
- Race and Ethnicity
- Racial Socialization and Racialization
- Multiracial and Black Immigrant Identity
- Social Movements
- Qualitative Methods