Faculty Directory

Gina Dent
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Humanities Division
  • Affiliations Legal Studies, Humanities Division
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 338
  • Office Hours By appt only
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses VAST 1/FMST 71. Introduction to Visualizing Abolition Studies; FMST/POLI 112. Women and the Law; FMST/VAST 176. Law, Prisons, and Popular Culture; FMST 194A. Feminist Jurisprudence; FMST 194G. Images of Africa; FMST 194K. Black/Diaspora; FMST 200. Feminist Theories; FMST 212. Feminist Theory and the Law; FMST/HISC 264. The Idea of Africa

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