Portrait of Joy Cox, Antibigotry Convening Fellow

Joy Cox

Joy Cox is a body justice advocate using her skill set in research and leadership to foster social change through the promotion of body diversity, equity, and inclusion. With thirty-eight years living as a fat, Black, cisgender woman and seven plus years of professional experience under her belt, Dr. Cox draws on her own experiences and trained expertise to amplify the voices of those most marginalized in society, bringing attention to matters of intersectionality addressing race, body size, accessibility, and health. Dr. Cox received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University–New Brunswick in 2018 and published her first book, Fat Girls in Black Bodies: Creating Communities of Our Own in 2019. She currently serves as a Program Development Analyst at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey and a is a Fellow at the Presence 5 for Racial Justice research lab at Stanford Medicine. Joy has been featured on several podcasts and media productions such as CNN’S, Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta, Food Pysch with Christy Harrison, Fat Women of Color with Ivy Felicia, and Huffington Post’s piece, “Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong.” She also is the cofounder of Jabbie, the identity inclusive, body affirming community wellness app encouraging people of all body sizes and abilities to move their bodies in their own way.

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