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Jallicia

Jolly

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Kingston-born and Brooklyn-bred, Dr. Jallicia Jolly is a spoken word poet, writer, and reproductive justice organizer who is currently an Assistant Professor in American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College. Dr. Jolly is invested in merging her community-based research on Black women's health, grassroots activism, and political leadership with reproductive justice organizing and practice in the United States and the Caribbean. As a 2022 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, she is completing her first book manuscript, Ill Erotics: Black Caribbean Women and Self-Making in the Time of HIV/AIDS (University of California Press, Reproductive Justice Series). Ill Erotics tells the story of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the reproductive justice movement in Jamaica through the experiences of HIV-positive Jamaican women who live, love, and organize to save their own lives and sustain their communities as they cofnront illness, reproductive violence, and inequality.

Dr. Jolly connects her research to tailored community interventions that advance racial equity, systemic change & community-building within and beyond U.S. borders. She works within racial justice and reproductive health equity organizations such as Women of Color Health Equity Coalition and Birth Equity & Justice Massachusetts (BEJMA), which is a reproductive justice coalition that aims to advance maternal health equity in policy and to improve the health outcomes of birthing people, particularly Black and Brown women. Dr. Jolly dedicates her work to improving the well-being of marginalized communities while elevating the organizing and interests of Black communities using frameworks of equity, human rights, and reproductive justice.

A public scholar committed to research-informed action, Dr. Jolly has written for various media outlets such as The Washington Post/The Lily, USA Today, Ms. Magazine, Jamaica Gleaner, Rewire News, and Huffington Post. Her work has been recognized and funded by the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Brown University's Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, the American Association of University Women, MIT, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

"To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost all of the time." -- James Baldwin in a radio interview in 1961

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