Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2020
B.A., Williams College, 2014 (awarded with Honors)

Professional Bio

Dr. Jallicia Jolly is an incoming Assistant Professor in American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College. A 2022 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow based at Yale University, Dr. Jolly researches and teaches on Black women’s health, grassroots activism, and reproductive justice; the transnational politics of gender, structural racism, sexuality, class, and health; intersectionality and HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and Caribbean; Black feminist health science, Black motherhood, obstetric violence, and health equity. Dr. Jolly's first book manuscript, Ill Erotics: Black Caribbean Women and Self-Making in the Time of HIV/AIDS, now under contract with the University of California Press, is an ethnography and oral history of the reproductive justice organizing of young Black Jamaican women living with HIV that chronicles how they build empowerment and self-care around disability, class oppression, severe impoverishment, and lack of access to health care. Foregrounding their intimacy as sources of interdependence and connection rather than contagion and isolation, Ill Erotics explores how the politics of HIV care and self-making meet in young Black women’s everyday confrontations with illness, reproductive violence, and inequality in this unique pandemic-inflected era of HIV/AIDS in postcolonial Jamaica. Dr. Jolly connects her research to tailored community interventions that advance equity, systemic change & community-building within and beyond U.S. borders. She is appointed as a Visiting Research faculty by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at the Yale School of Public Health to the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS). @jallicia 

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“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.

A group of masked students in a semi-circle in a classroom Professor Jolly is so ENGAGED and PASSIONATE. She welcomes all ideas and responses without hesitation and is the most supportive professor I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with. She wants you to succeed, to be thoughtful, and also pursue your interests and make connections. I love how safe she’s made the class feel and how community oriented the class is.”
—Student in BLST/AMST/SWGS-296: Black Women and Reproductive Justice in the African Diaspora

 

Recent Publications

A Reproductive Justice Response to HIV/AIDS & COVID-19

screenshot of Lancet article

November 27, 2021

The Lancet

Jallicia Jolly writes about the lived experiences of HIV-positive Black women in the U.S. and Jamaica as they grapple with the prolonged effects of illness, inequality, and inequities on their wellbeing.

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At the Crossroads: Caribbean Women and (Black) Feminist Ethnography in the Time of HIV/AIDS

cover of Feminist Anthropology

July 12, 2021

Feminist Anthropology

Feminist analyses and insights chart possible futures for doing more ethically and politically invested work that emerges from the lives and experiences of Black women and women in the Global South.

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Selected Publications

Book:

Ill Erotics: Black Caribbean Women and Self-Making in Times of HIV/AIDS. University of California Press (Under Revision).

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

From HIV/AIDS to COVID-19: A Reproductive Justice Lens to Pandemics.” The Lancet: The Art of Medicine 398 no. 10315 (2021): 1958-1959.

“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:

Theorizing Agency: New Directions in Research on HIV/AIDS Activism, American Quarterly (Forthcoming)

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


Scholarly Symposia

Black Girlhood(s) & Violence in the African Diaspora

Two posters titled Black Girls and Violence Black Girlhood(s) & Violence in the African Diaspora was a CHI research seminar that convened scholars invested in employing interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to study the relationships between violence and the lived experiences of Black girls across continental contexts.


Black Queer Diaspora Symposium

A poster for the Black Queer Symposium with a hand holding a rainbow colored flag

The Black Queer Diaspora Studies Symposium, a conversation about speculative futures Black LGBTQ+ communities in the Americas are envisioning and manifesting.

The Black Queer Diaspora Studies is a CHI seminar and symposium that organized an intellectual / scholarly and social community that foregrounded the moral and ethical imperative to engage the diasporic and transnational dimensions of Black queer and trans life in ways that disrupt nations and nationalism.

The symposium was divided into four themed panels with 3-5 co-panelists that each focused on an opening / introduction, politics, sociality, and art and performance that exposed expansive frameworks, terminology, and methodologies. In this diasporic and transnational Black space, we critically engaged race, gender, sexuality; freedom, politics, and mobilization; and intimacy, community-building, and organizing.


Selected Presentations

Jalicia Jolly

“Who Cares for the Caregivers?”

Dr. Jallicia Jolly uses the power of the vivid visual to show that Black caregivers’ lives matter. Read the article from the U. Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

poster for Professor Jolly's talk

“Which Lives Matter and Which Deaths Don’t”

In a talk at Diablo Valley College, Professor Jolly spoke about racial justice and the pathways to systemic change.

Public Writing

Awards and Honors

Award Spotlight: Ford Fellowship & REIDS Scholar

A collage of eight people Dr. Jallicia Jolly has been awarded a Ford Foundation 2022 Postdoctoral Fellowship that will support the completion of her first book manuscript, which is titled "Ill Erotics: Black Caribbean Women and Self-Making in Times of HIV/AIDS," (under contract with University of California Press). Dr. Jolly was also appointed as a Visiting Research faculty by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at the Yale School of Public Health to the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS). The REIDS program aims to increase the number and impact of racial and ethnic minority researchers dedicated to reducing HIV inequities in communities of color, with particular emphasis on early career faculty and post-doctoral researchers.

Dr. Jolly states: “I am grateful to join a phenomenal community of visionaries, researchers, organizers, and practitioners breaking the silos of public health, medicine, & research doing impactful work around health equity & justice in our communities. I’ll be centering Black girls & women’s holistic lives & needs in HIV/AIDS interventions that are culturally resonant, community-based, & invested in racial & reproductive justice.”


Special Initiatives Grant for Racial Equity and Reproductive Justice in Maternal Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (Fall 2021)

Women of Color Leadership Project, National Women’s Studies Association (Fall 2021)

Laura Bassi Scholarship, Laura Bassi Editing Press (Spring 2021)

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

Five College Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice Certificate Program Course Enhancement Grant (Spring 2020, 2022)

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.