Gina Dent

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentFeminist Studies Department
AffiliationsHistory of Consciousness Department,
Legal Studies,
Humanities Division
Office338 Humanities 1
Office HoursFall 2016: Tuesdays 2-4 pm
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Gina Dent

Research Interests

Africana literary and cultural studies, legal theory, popular culture

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Selected Publications

  • Books

  • Prison as a Border. (in progress)

  • Anchored to the Real: Black Literature in the Wake of Anthropology. Duke University Press (forthcoming).

  • Editor, Black Popular Culture. Seattle: Bay Press, 1992; New York: New Press, 1999.

  • Articles

  • “Michael Joo,” in Elaine Kim and Margo Machida, eds., Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Asian American Issues in the Contemporary Visual Arts. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2003

  • Co-author with Angela Y. Davis, “Prison as a Border: A Conversation on Gender, Globalization and Punishment,” Signs: Journal of Women and Culture Vol. 26 No. 4; Summer, 2001.

  • “A New York Story,” catalogue essay for the exhibition Inclusion/Exclusion. Graz, Austria. 1997.

  • “Rita Dove” and “Jamaica Kincaid” (literary biographies) in Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith, and Cornel West, Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History New York: Macmillan Library Reference. 1996.

  • “Missionary Position” in Rebecca Walker, ed., To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism. New York: Anchor/Doubleday. 1995.

  • “Race and Racism: A Symposium,” Social Text. Vol. 42. Spring, 1995

Courses Taught

110. Women Writers of the African Diaspora.
112. Women and the Law
117. Gender and Africa
194A. Feminist Jurisprudence
194G. Images of Africa
194K. Black/Diaspora
200. Feminist Theories
212. Feminist Theory and the Law
264. The Idea of Africa