African Americans
Biracial, Multiracial Identity
Electoral Politics
Internalized Oppression
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer
Native Americans
Programs for High School Students
Racism/Racial Justice
Violence-Prevention, Conflict Resolution

Andrew Jolivette (French Creole, Opelousa/Atakapa-Ishak, West African, Spanish) Ph.D., is an accomplished educator, writer, speaker, and social/cultural critic. His work spans many different social and political arenas - from public health interventions 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 AIDS disparities within Indigenous and people of color communities.

Jolivette is a professor and Department Chair of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, where he is an affiliated faculty member in Educational Leadership, Sexuality Studies and Race and Resistance Studies. Dr. Jolivette recently served as scholar in residence in Native Sexualities and Public Health at the University of California, Santa Cruz in fall 2013. He was the Indigenous Peoples’ Representative at the United Nations Forum on HIV and the Law in 2011 during his two-year fellowship as an IHART (Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program) Fellow at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle. He recently served as the co-chair for the National Association for Ethnic Studies 2014 Conference, “Research As Ceremony: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies” which was held at Mills College in April 2014. He delivered the keynote address at the 2014 International Indigenous HIV/AIDS Conference in Sydney, Australia.

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 Radical Love, Sacred Research Methodologies, 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 five books including Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change (Policy Press, July, 2015); Obama and the Biracial Factor: The Battle for a New American Majority (Policy Press, 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).

His latest book, Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community (2016), 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). Dr. Jolivette is the Book Series Editor for Critical Indigenous Studies at Peter Lang Publishing in New York. He is also a founding editor of the forthcoming, Journal of Louisiana Creole Studies.

His work has also appeared in the anthology Mixed 3.0, in Race Policy and Multiracial Americans Edited by Kathleen Odell Korgen, in Sociologists in Action: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality, 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 [thirteen] 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, French, African, and Spanish descent. Professor Jolivette served as the tribal historian for the Atakapa-Ishak Nation located between southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas from 2008-2011. He currently sits on an advisory committee for the 2 Spirit Grant Project at the Native American Health Center in Oakland, California. 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, former Board co-chair of the GLBT Historical Society and Museum in San Francisco, former Board Vice-Chair of the Data Center: Research for Justice in Oakland, California, and former Board President of iPride for Multiracial Youth and Families. Dr. Jolivette currently serves on the Board of the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco, CA.

As a national speaker he has spoken to thousands of college students, educators, government employees and private sector organizations over the past fifteen across the United States. Jolivette received his Ph.D in Sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz.


"Andrew Jolivette amazingly captivated the audience as he brought visibility to people from multiple marginalized populations. He drew seamless connections to many communities in a manner that was eloquent, real, and accessible. Students, faculty, and staff all enjoyed and learned from Jolivette's inspiring words."

— Joshua Moon Johnson, Ed.D., Director LGBT Resources, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Dr. Jolivette did a phenomenal job of connecting with our students. This is a messagethey don’t often hear from a personal standpoint and they all mentioned the power of his words. This was a great way for the pharmacy students to hear the type of impact they can have on their patients’ lives and in society in general."

— Richard Barajas, Director of Admissions, College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa

"The event with Andrew went perfectly. Students were engaged, asked questions, and came up to talk with him one-on-one afterwards. Very great program! When I later asked some students what they thought they responded with words like, 'inspiring,' 'really great,' and 'so interesting.' Success!"

— Devon Amber Sakamoto, Coordinator Health Education Initiatives, University of California, Riverside

Native American Lives as a Matter of Human Rights
Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma---Towards a Sacred Methodology of Healing
Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Diversity: From Civil Rights to Human Rights
LGBTQI Lives: Family, Community, and Resilience
Black Lives, Black Leadership: From Mattering to Thriving
Defending and Advancing Ethnic Studies as A Matter of Global and Transformative Justice 
Louisiana Creoles: Cultural Recovery and Mixed-Race Native American Identity”
HIV and Me: Life After AIDS---A Personal Reflection
Indian Blood: Decolonizing Gender, Sexuality, and Mixed-Race Identity in the Face of HIV
Recommitting to HIV Awareness, Prevention, and Treatment
Reweaving the Broken Ties: Native, African and Indigenous Decolonization as a Human Right in the 21st Century
Obama and the Biracial Factor: What’s ‘Critical’ about Critical Mass?
Exploring Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
Identity and Inclusion of Multiracial Peoples in Higher Education: A Critical Social Justice Matrix
People of Color and AIDS: A Case of Social Justice
Generations Black: Celebrating LGBT History