Pronouns: She/Her · Twitter: @jalessahj
Jalessah is the Georgia Coordinator at SisterSong. She is a queer mother, womanist, and
interdisciplinary scholar of training. Raised in Springfield, Vermont, her commitment to social
justice began with her experiences as the only Black girl in primary and secondary school.
She has been an educator in both community-based settings and is also currently a Faculty
member in Gender and Women’s Studies and African and African Diaspora Studies at
Kennesaw State University. Her research and teachings explore the connections between
popular culture and critical theories of race, gender, sexualities, and social inequities. Jalessah
believes that thought, writing, and action are intimately bound. As such, she is interested in
employing frameworks that bring about new ways of thinking and being in the world that
prioritizes the lived experiences of those who are regularly erased.
Jalessah is a 2018 Errin J. Vuley Fellow at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, and
won the 2018 Distinguished Recent Alumna Award from Simmons College in Boston,
Massachusetts where she earned her master’s degree in Gender and Cultural Studies.
Jalessah also holds a bachelor’s degree in African and African Diaspora Studies from
Kennesaw State University. She currently serves on the Executive Board for the Southeastern
Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA), a major regional arm of the National Women’s Studies
She is the proud mommy to Semyra, her brilliant 6-year-old daughter. Jalessah loves dance,
leisure reading, and food.
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