Jillian began studying race and sexuality during their master's work at San Francisco State University where their research analyzed racism and white supremacy within discourses about campus rape. This led to their current research at Rutgers University on white supremacist masculinities. Feminist theorists such as Gloria Anzaldua, Maria Lugones, Jane Ward, and CJ Pascoe strongly influence their thinking. Their work has been published by the Journal of Homosexuality, Springer, and IGI Global. When they are not racializing whiteness, they are drinking copious amounts of cold brew, reading feminist science fiction, and spending time with their cat, Igby.
- 2017-19 Excellence Fellowship, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
- 2017-21 Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program Scholarship, San Francisco State University
- 2016-17 Sally Casanova Pre-doctoral Scholarship, San Francisco State University
- 2015-16 Deborah Tolman Honorary Scholarship, San Francisco State University