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Assistant professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jenna M. Loyd is an assistant professor in the Zilber School of Public Health and member of the Urban Studies Program faculty at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her first book Health Rights Are Civil Rights: Peace and Justice Activism in Los Angeles, 1963-1978 (2014, University of Minnesota Press) investigates everyday understandings of health and violence and people’s grassroots mobilizations for health and social justice. She is the co-editor, with Matt Mitchelson and Andrew Burridge, of Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis (2012, University of Georgia Press), which won the Past President Award from the Association of Borderlands Studies. She and Alison Mountz are co-authoring a book on the late- and post-Cold War history of United States migration detention and border deterrence policy. Finally, she is one of the co-principal investigators of Transforming Justice, which is a transdisciplinary research project documenting the harms of mass criminalization and efforts to redefine health and safety from the perspective of criminalized community members.


  • –present
    Faculty Fellow in the Humanities, Syracuse University