After conducting Fulbright research on the cultural politics of HIV/AIDS in Jamaican women’s lives, I became interested in exploring how Afro-diasporic women matter in responses to the pandemic. This interest grew alongside both my personal experiences as an HIV tester in Detroit and my exploration of the global dilemmas surrounding sexual and reproductive health. The… Read more →
Jallicia Jolly is a PhD Candidate in American Culture at the University of Michigan studying the cultural politics of HIV/AIDS, transnational and women of color feminisms, and the politics of care in human rights and humanitarian interventions in the Caribbean. In her dissertation, she foregrounds the lived experiences of young HIV-positive Jamaican women in order to explore self-making, sexual desire, and pleasure and the impact of their health organizing on HIV and public health in Jamaica and the broader region. Her research interests lie at the intersection of American Studies, Africana Studies, Public Health and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies.