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Political Activism and Survival Strategies of Black girls & women living with HIV/AIDS in Jamaica

Gender, Class, Systemic Racism & Pandemic Politics in the U.S.

Health Equity, Reproductive Violence, and Obstetric Racism

Black Women's Political Leadership & Diasporic Movement



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.”

Jallicia Jolly, Yaminah Romulus, and the Massachusetts COVID-19 Maternal Equity Coalition were awarded a Special Initiatives grant of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation for their collaborative work with the racial justice and reproductive health equity group.


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.  

 As a public scholar, equity practitioner, and reproductive justice organizer with investments in research-informed social action, I connect my academic work to interventions that transform structures of power, advance equity, and affirm health justice.

My Mission

Advancing equity and reproductive justice while building community and the capacities of everyday people to activate structural change and meaningful connection.

I am determined, with all my heart, to support Black women living with HIV, enhance our holistic well-being, and create new legacies beyond inequality and violence.

I'm Dr. Jallicia Jolly,

I am invested in improving the holistic well-being of

Black and Brown women throughout the diaspora by elevating their intersectional needs, interests, and aspirations.

"My context for understanding the radical black female subject is a particular formulation of the black radical tradition that combines intellectual and activist work in the service of one's oppressed communities".

- Carole Boyce Davies

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