Jasmine is originally from Lancaster, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Spring 2015 with her B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Gender Studies. While at UCLA she was involved in research through the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program where she studied African American women and their social and economic investment in their hair and how it affects their perceptions of self. Currently Jasmine is being funded by the National Science Foundation through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program to do her work on native born Blacks, Whites, and Black Immigrants and their Self Esteem trajectory across age. The goal of her current work is to complicate how scholars view the issue of self-esteem and shift it from just looking through a black-white lens but to understand the in group differences of Blacks in the US context.