Jillian Cambridge

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Jillian Cambridge is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She received a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Utah, a Masters of Public Health from the American University of Beirut, and an M.A. in American Studies from UNM. Jillian's research interests include Carceral and Abolition Studies, Critical Indigenous Studies, Care Politics, and Secularism. Her dissertation examines the formation of Indian Health Services between the 1950s and the 1970s amidst the Red Power Movement and a globalizing carceral economy in the post-World War II environment. Her analysis also reconsiders the emergence of modern diseases, or chronic diseases, as a secular mode of embodiment and cartography bound to carceral-colonial economies. Jillian has over a decade of experience applying abolitionist strategies. She and her husband are active in the transformative justice movement and cultivate decentralized care networks through Indigenous spiritual resistance, kinship, and ceremony. Furthermore, they support policed peoples to metabolize collective harms by utilizing various somatic therapies. She currently works as the Public Health Promotion Supervisor with the Hemish people in Jemez Pueblo.

Selected Publications

  • Grisel, J. (2017). “Bodies of Hope and Disruption.” Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research. Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Gammill E., Grisel J. (2015). “We Cannot Walk Alone; A Leadership Building Course for Prison Justice League Members”. Prison Justice League. Austin, TX