Tabatha L. Jones Jolivet, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Higher Education

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5882
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Tabatha L. Jones Jolivet, PhD is an abolitionist organizer, educator, minister, and scholar. Her praxis and scholarship are rooted in prophetic Christian faith, Womanist worldmaking, and Black women’s grassroots organizing to upend oppressive ideologies, systems, and social institutions while building liberatory and life-affirming conditions for flourishing. She specializes in the intersectional study of race, racism, resistance, and social movements; rehumanizing and abolitionist pedagogies; spirituality and sacred resistance; and building antiracist institutions and societies. She is an associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences at Azusa Pacific University, where she advises a doctoral student research collective focused on Womanist and Black Feminist Thought and Praxis. She is co-author of White Jesus: The Architecture of Racism in Religion and Education (Peter Lang, 2018).


  • PhD, Education, Claremont Graduate University
  • MS, Ministry and Theology, Pepperdine University
  • BA, Humanities, Pepperdine University

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Higher Education

Courses Taught

  • HED 702 The Nature of Inquiry
  • HED 760 Research Seminar
  • HEDL 729 The Spirituality of Leadership
  • HEDL 740 Critical Issues in Higher Education
  • HEDL 743 Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education