Submitted by Jallicia A. Jolly on Monday, 1/4/2021, at 2:37 AM

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2020
B.A., Williams College, 2014

Basics About Me

I am an incoming Assistant Professor (Fall 2022) in American Studies and Black Studies. I write and research on the transnational politics of race, gender, sexuality, health, and reproductive justice throughout the African diaspora. As a public scholar and equity practitioner with investments in research-informed social action, I connect my academic work to interventions that transform structures of power, advance equity, and cultivate reproductive justice while improving the holistic well-being of Black and Brown womxn throughout the diaspora by elevating their intersectional needs, interests, and aspirations. Through my scholarship, teaching, and mentorship, I hope to encourage current and future generations with expansive visions of Black liberation, systemic change, and community-building within and beyond U.S. borders. @jallicia


In the News

Invited Talk: Harvard University, World AIDS Day 2020

An invited talk on HIV/AIDS and Global Feminisms at Harvard University on November 4, 2020.

An invited talk at Harvard University on November 4, 2020.

Invited Talk: MIT, Women & Gender Studies Intellectual Forum

An invited talk about my ethnographic study of the embodied practice and grassroots politics of HIV-positive young women in Kingston, Jamaica at MIT in February 2020 (rescheduled due to COVID-19). 

An invited talk about my ethnographic study of HIV-positive Jamaican women at MIT in February 2020 (rescheduled due to COVID-19)

Invited Panel: Williams College, “Racial Disparities in Healthcare”

Submitted by Jallicia A. Jolly on Wednesday, 6/9/2021, at 7:38 PM

Professor Jallicia Jolly ’14, Dr. Oge Uwanaka ’16, and Dr. Greg Hall ’83 are joined by Dr. Ken Alleyne ’88 during Black Maternal Health Week and National Minority Health Month to discuss health disparities in the United States, maternal health outcomes, and the ways in which COVID-19 has further revealed the weaknesses in our healthcare systems.

Invited Panel: Williams College, “Racial Disparities in Healthcare”

Invited Talk: UMASS, Reproductive Politics Seminar

An invited talk on reproductive justice and Black motherhood for the UMASS Reproductive Politics Seminar in October 2020 entitled, "He Was a Twin": The Emotional & Political Life of Black Motherhood in Times of Reproductive Injustice.

An invited talk on reproductive (in)justice and Black motherhood for the UMASS Reproductive Politics Seminar in October 2020.

Research & Academic Interests

Fields of study: Race, gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS; critical race theory; social movements; Black Studies & African Diaspora Studies; Black feminist health science and disability studies; transnational and women of color feminisms;  black queer diaspora studies and queer of color critique; ethnography and qualitative research methods.

I am an intersectional feminist (Black, Caribbean, Women of Color) and interdisciplinary scholar in the emerging field of health humanities. I study how racialized sexuality matters to the body, to quotidian experience, and to cultural formations. To do this, I use qualitative methods such as ethnography and oral history to study the racial, gendered, classed, and erotic dimensions of Black women's health and activism in the U.S. and the Caribbean. I am currently working on my first book manuscript, Ill Erotics: Black Caribbean Women and Self-Making in the Time of HIV/AIDS, an ethnographic and oral history study of the erotic lives and grassroots mobilization of young Black Jamaican women living and loving with HIV/AIDS. My future project addresses the themes of sterilization of HIV-positive women, bodily autonomy, and the transnational terrain of reproductive justice organizing in the U.S., Jamaica, and South Africa.

Teaching & Community-Based Learning

"We have very intentional, informed discussions that include the application of theory to the urgency of the current political moment. A collective learning environment is not just an intellectual community, it is a relational community invested in social transformation." - Dr. Jallicia Jolly

As an instructor, I strive to connect intersectional methods to real-time teaching in ways that collectively problem solve, bring people into the conversation, and engage students at various stages of their development process. As an organizer invested in equity as a core principle, I am eager to continue working with institutions, instructors, and students to create ethical and reciprocal connections between academic work and community-based needs. For more information on my teaching, check out this feature article on innovative pedagogy:



Ill Erotics: Black Caribbean Women and Self-Making in Times of HIV/AIDS. University of California Press, Forthcoming 2025.

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

“At the Crossroads: Caribbean Women & (Black) Feminist Ethnography in the Time of HIV/AIDS.” Feminist Anthropology, 2021(1-18).

“Black Feminist Geographies of HIV/AIDS in Jamaica.” Gender, Place and Culture (2021). DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2020.1845617.

“From At Risk to Interdependent: The Erotic Life Worlds of HIV+ Jamaican Women.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black politics, Culture, and Society 21, no. 2-3 (2020): 107-131.

“On Forbidden Wombs and Reproductive Justice.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, 15, no. 1 (2016): 166-188.

“Surviving in the Margins: Examining the Survival Strategies of Low-Income Jamaican Women.” Harvard Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal (2013): 77-81.

Book Review:

"Holding On: African American Women Surviving HIV/AIDS." Alyson O’Daniel. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 17, no.3 (2019): 1-3.


Awards & Honors

Laura Bassi Scholarship, Editing Press (Spring 2021)

AAUW American Fellowship (Short-Term Research Publication Grant), American Association of University Women (Summer 2021)

Susan Lipschutz Award (for Scholarly Achievement, Social Responsibility, and Interest in the Success of Women in the Academy), Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan (Spring 2020)

The Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies Research Award, LGBT Studies, Yale University (Winter 2020)

Pre-doctoral & Post-doctoral Fellowship, Consortium for Faculty Diversity, Amherst College (Fall 2019-Spring 2021) 

Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellow In Queer Studies & Religious Studies, Yale University (Spring 2019)

SHASS Diversity Predoctoral Fellow, Women’s Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)**

MMUF Dissertation Completion Grant, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)**

American Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of University Women (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)**

SSRC-Mellon Mays Proposal Writing and Dissertation Development Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia (Spring 2019)

Graduate Student Scholarship, National Women’s Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia (Fall 2018)

Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan (Fall 2018)

Rackham Program in Public Scholarship Grant, University of Michigan (Summer 2018)

Emerging Scholars Diversity Network, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan (Winter 2018)

Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, Rackaham Graduate School, University of Michigan (Inducted at Yale University in Spring 2017)

SSRC Predocotoral Research Grant, SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program, Social Science Research Council (Summer 2017)

Rackham International Research Award, International Institute, University of Michigan (Summer 2017) 

Reicker Graduate Student Research Grants, Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan (Fall 2016)

Humanities Without Walls Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Humanities Without Walls Consortium, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (Summer 2016)

Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan (Summer 2016)

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Field Grant, International Institute, University of Michigan (Summer 2016)

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan & University of the West Indies-Mona (Summer 2015)

Rackham Merit Fellowship for the American Culture Program, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan (Fall 2014 - Spring 2020)

The Gaius C. Bolin 1889 Prize in Africana Studies, Department of African Studies, Williams College (Spring 2014)

Nancy McIntire Prize in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Department of Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Williams College (Spring 2014)

U.S. Student Fulbright Program, Institute for International Education, Department of State (Spring 2014)

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Mellon Mays Foundation, Williams College (Spring 2012)


** Award declined by recipient.