Angelica "Jelly" Loblack is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland and a recipient of the 2021 Ford Predoctoral Fellowship. Her scholarship broadly tries to understand how cultural understandings of race manifest within families to inform the identity construction, political engagement, and day-to-day socialization experiences of Black multiracial and multiethnic youth. Her previous research examines how multiracial students express divergent motivations for their involvement in race-oriented student organizations at predominately white universities and how this involvement impacts understandings of race and racial identity. Jelly is currently collaborating on several other projects, which explore topics such as: the relationship between skin tone and hair texture in aesthetic beauty hierarchies, Black women's affective ties to their hair throughout the life course, how incarcerated individuals perceive and experience COVID-19 mitigation efforts within prisons, and representations of mixedness and interracial intimacy in popular media.

In addition to her research, Jelly has been invited to speak at numerous university sponsored and community led events. These events have included panel discussions about the continued impacts of colorism and texturism on communities of color, collective and diasporic consciousness in race-based political movements, and community building among womxn of color. Moreover, Jelly works as an anti-racist workshop facilitator for Color Code LLC. She has also served as a student ambassador for ResearchTalk Inc.'s Qualitative Summer Intensive, Qualitative Inquiry for HBCU/MSI Researchers, and Qualitative Data Analysis Camps. 

Areas of Interest

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Ethnography
  • Families
  • Racial Socialization and Racialization Processes
  • Multiracial/Multiethnic Identities
  • Qualitative Methods
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  • BA
    International Security Studies
  • BA
  • MA
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