Andrew Jolivette (Opelousa/Atakapa-Ishak) Ph.D., is an accomplished educator, writer, speaker, and social/cultural critic. His work spans many different social and political arenas - from education reform and cultural representation in Native America to community of color identity issues, critical mixed-race movement building, LGBT/Queer community of color identity issues and gay marriage, and AIDS disparities within Indigenous and people of color communities.
Jolivette is Associate Professor and Department Chair in American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, where he is an affiliated faculty member in Educational Leadership and Race and Resistance Studies. Jolivette is an IHART (Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training) Fellow at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2005 he completed a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship through the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Jolivette is a mixed-race studies specialist with a particular interest in Comparative Race Relations, the Urban Indian Experience, People of Color and Popular Culture, Critical Mixed Race Studies and Social Justice, Creole studies, Black-Indians, and mixed-race health disparities. He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Francisco and a Researcher with the University of California, San Francisco on issues of racial violence among African American and Latino/a youth in the Bay Area.
Jolivette is the author of three books, Obama and the Biracial Factor: The Battle for a New American Majority (Policy Press/Univ. of Chicago Press, February, 2012), Cultural Representation in Native America (AltaMira Press, 2006), which is a part of the Contemporary Native American Communities Series, and Louisiana Creoles: Cultural Recovery and Mixed Race Native American Identity (Lexington Books, 2007).
He is currently at work on a new book, Indian Blood: Mixed Race Gay Men, Transgender Women, and HIV, where he explores the efficacy of an Indigenous stress coping mechanism along with a new intervention model on Inter-Generational Healing and Cultural Leadership to reduce HIV risk among multiracial, two-spirit populations.
Professor Jolivette served as editor of a special volume of the American Indian Cultural and Research Journal (UCLA) entitled "Indigenous Landscapes Post-Katrina: Beyond Invisibility and Disaster" which examines the state of Native American tribes and communities three years after Hurricane Katrina (August 2008) and he is the author of "A Report on the Health and Wellness of Multiracial Youth in the Bay Area" (May 2008).
His work has also appeared in the Ethnic Studies Review Journal, Crash Course: Reflections on the Film Crash for Critical Dialogues About Race, Power and Privilege (2007), Hurricane Katrina: Response and Responsibilities (2005) edited by John Brown Childs, Color Struck: Essays on Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective (2010), Sociologists in Action (Odell-Korgen, 2011), The Yellow Medicine Journal (2011), and in the forthcoming anthology, Converging Identities: Blackness in the Contemporary African Diaspora (Carolina Academic Press, 2012).
In the fall of 2005, he gave a keynote address for World AIDS Day where he disclosed his HIV/AIDS positive status. According to Jolivette:
“I wasn't sure if I should disclose my status in this way here today. I spoke with a colleague about it and he said, How will disclosing impact you? Will it benefit you? Are you giving anything up? I thought to myself, as a gay man of color, I have a responsibility to disclose. This is a very personal decision, but in communities of color we lack faces to make this pandemic real. If you've never known someone living with AIDS, now you do. You know my story and in sharing it I hope that others will know that they can live with this. They can have a career, a family, they too can find love again. Over the last three [nine] years I have learned AIDS is not me. I am me. AIDS is only one other part of my life.”
Jolivette is a Creole of Opelousa, Choctaw, Atakapa, Cherokee, French, African, and Spanish descent. Professor Jolivette serves as the tribal historian for the Atakapa-Ishak Nation located between southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas.
He currently sits on an advisory committee for the 2 Spirit Grant Project at the Native American Health Center in Oakland, California. Jolivette recently took part in the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Forum on HIV and the Law as an Indigenous Peoples’ Representative. Dr. Jolivette has also served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission's Special Task Force on the Status of Native Americans.
He is the board president of Speak Out - the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture, a Board member of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, and Board Vice-Chair of the Data Center.