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2018- Lecturer, Communication, Bay Path University-Longmeadow
2017- Lecturer, Afro American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
2007-2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, UMASS-Amherst
2005-07 Assistant Professor, Screen Studies/English Dept., Oklahoma State University
2004-05 Instructor, Women’s Studies, New College, Honors College, University of Alabama
2003-04 Lecturer, Communication Studies, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
2002-03 Instructor, Communication Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
2001-02 Instructor and Doctoral Fellow, Telecommunication & Film, University of Alabama
2000-01 Graduate Research Assistant, Telecommunication & Film, University of Alabama
1998 Field Production, Studio Camera Operator, and Research Assistant, Center for Public Television, University of Alabama
1996-97 Graduate Assistant, Webmaster, and Undergraduate Advisor, Women’s Studies Program, University of Houston
Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Alabama, 2005
Dissertation: “Negotiated Boundaries and the Making of Black Representation in Julia: A Case Study of Interlocking Effects of Race, Gender, and Class on the Making of a Situation Comedy”
M.A., Telecommunication and Film, University of Alabama, 2000
Thesis: “Television & the Politics of Identity: Race, Gender, and Class in the 1968 Sitcom Julia.” Winner of the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Outstanding Thesis Award for 1999-2000
B.A., English Literature, Minor, African American Studies, University of Houston
Demetria R. Shabazz. Television’s “Race Race” of 1968: The Making of Black Representation in the TV Sitcom Julia. Manuscript.
Demetria R. Shabazz. ‘“Black-ish:” Situating Blackness and the Black Audience in the American Sitcom.’ In The Television Guidebook Series, eds. Jeremy Butler. New York: Routledge, 2020.
Demetria R. Shabazz and Amilcar Shabazz. “Africana Community Engagement: History, Theory and Practice.”
Demetria R. Shabazz and Leda Cooks. “The Pedagogy of Community Service Learning Discourse: From Deficit to Asset Mapping in the Re-Envisioning Media Project.” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 7.1 (May 2014).
Article online: http://jces.ua.edu/the-pedagogy-of-community-service-learning-discourse-from- deficit-to-asset-mapping-in-the-re-envisioning-media-project/
Encore interview about my research: http://jces.ua.edu/encore/
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Shedding Some Light on the Matter: Thoughts on Louise Martin.” Art Lies: A Contemporary Art Journal 11 (June 1996): 14-16.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Oppositional Images of Yesterday & Today.” ACHÉ: Art Magazine, 1996.
Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Essays
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Wilson Anthony ‘Boozoo’ Chavis.” In The African American National Biography, eds. Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Negotiated Boundaries: Production Practices and the Making of Representation in Julia.” In The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed, eds. Mary Dalton and Laura Linder. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005. Pp. 151-162.
Conference Paper Presentations (All single-authored unless otherwise indicated)
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Roundtable on Global Work in the International Decade for People of African Descent.” Paper giver, The National Conference of Black Studies, Houston, Texas, Friday, March 10, 2017.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Television’s “Race Race,” 1968-1971: Making Black Representation in the TV Sitcom Julia.” Paper giver, The 62nd Annual Conference of the Japan Black Studies Association, Nihon University, Tsudanuma Campus, Chiba, Japan, June 25-26, 2016.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Blackifying Wikipedia.” Paper giver, The National Conference of Black Studies, Charlotte, North Carolina, Thursday, March 17, 2016.
Demetria R. Shabazz and Leda Cooks. “Between a rock and a hard “space”: Dialoging about race and racism in light of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and the film Dear White People and why it matters?” Paper giver, The National Communication Association, Las Vegas, November 2, 2016.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “A Race Toward Hollywood Diversity.” Paper giver, The National Conference of Black Studies, Los Angeles, California, March 13, 2015.
Demetria R. Shabazz and Leda Cooks. “(How) Does Dialogue Matter? Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Large-Scale Dialogue Project on Race and Whiteness.” The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, National Harbor, MD, June 2010.
Demetria R. Shabazz and Leda Cooks. “Racial Politics, Schools and Society.” The Critical Race Studies in Education Association conference, Salt Lake City, UT, May 2010.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Black Female Subjectivity and Reality TV.” Paper giver, The International Communication Association conference, Chicago, IL, May 2009.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Black Women and Reality TV.” The Eastern Communication Association conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2009.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Racializing ‘the Male Gaze’: Images of Black Women in American Cinema.” Paper accepted and shared, The International Communication Association conference, Montreal, May 2008.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Film, Television and the 1960s.” Keynote paper giver to opening plenary of the African and African-American Popular Culture conference, Plymouth, NH, October 2007.
Demetria R. Shabazz. Panel presentation, “Roundtable on The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed.” Media Ecology Association convention, Boston, MA, June 2006.
Demetria R. Shabazz. Panel presentation, “Roundtable on Crash.” Southwestern/Texas Popular Culture Association conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2006.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “The Politics of Race and Gender in 1960s Television: Television’s Response to Black Nationalism in the TV Sitcom Julia.” The College Language Association convention, Birmingham, AL, April 2006.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “The Coalition for Change at the University of Alabama: Text and Context.” The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, NYC, June 2005.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Negotiated Boundaries: Production Practices and Representation in Julia.” University Film & Video Association conference, Columbia, SC, July 2003.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Cyber-Culture: Border Wars and the Territories of Production, Reproduction and the Imagination.” The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association conference, Boca Raton, FL, March 2001.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Storytelling and Identity: An Interpretive Analysis of Discourse in Oral Historical Narrative.” The National Communication Association conference, Seattle, WA, November 2000.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Encoding Race, Class, and Gender in the 1968 Television Series Julia.” The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association conference, Boone, NC, April 2000.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Mediated Blackness: The Construction of Black Identity in the 1968 Situation Comedy Julia.” The University of Alabama Graduate Student Research Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL, March 1999.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “The Black Male Image in the 1968 Sitcom Julia.” The Communication Department Conference Interfaces: Communication and Connectedness in an Age of Fragmentation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, March 1998.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “Through the ‘Eyes’ of Julia: Constructing Blackness in the 1960s.” The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language & Gender conference, Chicago, IL, October 1997.
Demetria R. Shabazz. “The Sons of Freedmen’s Town: History, Culture, and Memory in Houston’s Oldest Black Community.” The National African American Studies Conference, Houston, TX, February 1997.
Other Scholarly Activities
Conference review committee member, The National Conference of Black Studies, New Orleans, LA, March 2019.
Panel chair, “I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and the Deconstruction of Religion and Language.” The National Conference of Black Studies, New Orleans, LA, Friday, March 8, 2019.
Conference review committee member, The National Conference of Black Studies, Atlanta, GA, March 2018.
Panel chair, “Reimagining Black Selfhood and Community.” The National Conference of Black Studies, Houston, Texas, Thursday, March 9, 2017.
Panel chair, “Transnational Views of Blackness.” The National Conference of Black Studies, Houston, Texas, Friday, March 10, 2017.
Plenary chair, “NCBS Plenary Session Africana Scholar-Activists in Times of Transition and Crisis.” The National Conference of Black Studies, Houston, Texas, Friday, March 10, 2017.
Panel chair, “Black Digital Humanities: Technology and the Information Age Along the Color Line.” The National Conference of Black Studies, Charlotte, North Carolina, Thursday, March 17, 2016.
Panel chair, “Film as Industry and Art in the African Diaspora.” The National Conference of Black Studies, Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday, March 18, 2016.
Panel Chair, “Activism and Social Movements in Community and Regional Contexts.” The National Conference of Black Studies, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 18, 2016.
Conference review committee member, The National Conference of Black Studies, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 18, 2016.
Panel Participant, “Triggers and Trigger Warnings: Ethical Responsibility, Threat to Academic Freedom, Opportunity for Dialogue?” An interactive panel discussion, February 3, 2016; The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development, UMASS-Amherst.
Conference review committee member, The National Conference of Black Studies, Los Angeles, California, March 13, 2015.
Conference co-organizer, 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, Amherst and Northampton, MA, September 24-27, 2015
Panel Chair. “Africana Media Studies.” The National Council for Black Studies, Los Angeles, California, March 14, 2015.
Workshop session co-organizer. “(How) Does Dialogue Matter? Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Large-Scale Dialogue Project on Race and Whiteness.” National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, National Harbor, MD, June 2010.
Panel Participant. “Troublin’ the Waters: Community Conversation and Reception.” A Five College Consortium event sponsored by Crossroads in the Study of the Americas in partnership with the Amherst College Department of English, Smith College Department of Afro-American Studies, and the University of Massachusetts Department of Communication. October 2007.
Panel session co-organizer and moderator. “In Katrina’s Wake: African American Narratives of Destruction & Reconstruction.” Southern Conference on African American Studies Inc. (SCAASI) conference, Baton Rouge, LA, February 2007.
Digital Humanities Project Participant. “Mapping the 3rd Ward in Houston: Story Work in the Face of Redevelopment” online at http://storymapping.org/thirdward.html, a collaboration with Carroll Parrott Blue’s The Dawn Project and the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) of Berkeley, California. Created a StoryMap for the Third Ward of Houston, Texas, a signature CDS case study
on place and environment (http://www.storycenter.org/place-environment/). The online map locates multimedia stories in the form of short memoirs that combine creative writing, digital audio and video editing with a tool set of digital mapping technologies now available to the public: geo-tagged images on Flickr, story-based GoogleMaps, Windows Live virtual tours, and walking tours via local cell phone, Bluetooth, and other imbedded wireless stories. From a December 9-12, 2006, workshop, I contributed the StoryMap for the “S.H.A.P.E. Center,” one of Houston’s most significant and long-lived African American community centers.
Invited lecture. “Reading Media Politics: The Situation Comedy Julia and the Struggles of 1968.” New College Colloquium, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, December 2003.
Guest editor. “Oppositional Images of Yesterday and Today.” ACHÉ: Art Magazine, 1996.
Fellowships and Grant Activity
2019 Mass Cultural Council $400,000 Facilities Grant for cable access non-profit, Amherst Media.
2012-13 Co-recipient of $10,000 digital humanities grant from the Five College Women Studies Research Center to develop a Feminist Media Justice Colloquium taught in Fall 2013 and develop an online network for 2012-13 (awarded).
2011 Faculty Research Grant/Healey Endowment Grant (FRG/HEG), the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, for travel to the University of Southern California’s Film and Television Archive in Los Angeles, CA. Funding requested to support research of Black women entertainers in the post-war period, specifically Diahann Carroll, in preparation of manuscript on Carroll and the television series Julia (1968-71) and Dynasty (1981-89) (submitted / unfunded).
2011 Davis Collaborative Model Fellow for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
2010-11 Lilly Teaching Fellow, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
2010 Flex Grant for Teaching and Faculty Development to enhance my undergraduate film course on Women in Cinemas of the African Diaspora by purchasing new materials and inviting a local film and film distribution professional to speak on campus (awarded).
2008 University of Massachusetts Service Learning Faculty Fellowship: Faculty teaching award for the development of a new Community Service Learning course that partners with UMass students and the Amherst Media to teach media literacy and television production to middle school students
2007 Oklahoma Humanities Council Grant from the College of Arts & Sciences at Oklahoma State University for research and travel to examine 45 reels of film that had been recently found in the vaults of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., that chronicled the life and experiences of an amateur ethnographic filmmaker, Rev. J.S. Jones of Oklahoma during the 1920s (awarded).
2006 Dean’s Incentive Grant from the College of Arts & Sciences at Oklahoma State University for research and travel to the Film and Television Archive, University of California in Los Angeles and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library and the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study (awarded).
2002-03 Northeast Consortium Dissertation Scholar-in-Residence, Communication Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
2001 Videographer for documentary, Spirit Walk, $5,000 grant from the African American Studies Program’s Alabama Black Belt Research Institute at the University of Alabama (with principal investigator, Rhoda E. Johnson) (awarded).
2001 Recipient, Graduate Student Research and Travel Support Fund, for archival research at the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, WI
2001 Participant, National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar, the University of Texas at Austin.
2001 Recipient, Capstone International Center Research and Travel Award to participate in the Inter-Diaspora Conference on Education of the African Child for the New Millennium, Bamako, Mali
2000 Recipient, Graduate Student Research and Travel Support Fund, for paper presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA
1998-2000 Future Faculty Fellow, Graduate School and College of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Alabama
1997 Project Coordinator, Writer, and Videographer for documentary, Daughter of Freedman’s Town, $600 in-kind grant from the Texas Historical Commission (awarded).
1996 Project Coordinator, Writer & Videographer for documentary, Sons of Freedman’s Town, $1,000 award from the Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Houston, TX.
Bay Path University at Longmeadow, MA
Undergraduate courses: Media Lab: Communication and Technology; Video Field Production
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Undergraduate Courses: Junior Year Writing; Black 70s Through Film; African American TV Studies; Race, Gender and the Sitcom; Hollywood, Adaptation, and Diversity; Civil Rights and Film; Women in Cinemas of the African Diaspora; Media Literacy and Community Media – Community Service Learning Honors Course. Graduate Courses: Black Springfield Community Participatory Research; Digital Video Production and Research in the Black Comm; Media Literacy and Community Media – Service Learning Honors Course; Postcolonial and Feminist Film Theory; Junior Year Writing
Hollywood, Adaptation, and Diversity
Oklahoma State University
Television Studies; African American Literature; History of American Film; African & Asian Women Filmmakers (Graduate Seminar); Television Studies; Introduction to Film; Film as Literature; History of American Film; Introduction to Film
University of Alabama
Freshman Honors Seminar—Culture and Human Experience: Media and Islam; Critical Media Studies: Local Forms of Alternative Media; Film History and Criticism; Radio and Television Broadcasting
Mississippi State University
Communication Theory; Electronic News Writing
University and Community Service
University of Massachusetts
Member, Search Committee for Career Services, UMASS, Fall 2014 (University) Diversity and Social Justice Committee, Communication, 2014-2015 (Dept.)
Integrated Experience Department Coordinator, Communication, 2012-2013 (Dept.) Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee, Communication, 2012-13 (Dept.)
Member, Graduate Studies and Admissions Committee, Communication, 2011-12 (Dept.) Member, Interdepartmental Film Certificate Program (University)
Member, The Graduate Certificate in Film Studies (Dept.)
Member, Committee for the Third and Fourth Annual Graduate Film Studies Certificate Paper Prize, 2014-2015 (University)
Member, Five College Film Steering Committee, 2015-present (5 College Consortium)
Member, Search Committee, Lecturer in Media Culture and Visual Methods, Communication and Anthropology Depts., 2011-12 (College of SBS)
Chair, Search Committee, Associate Director of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, 2011(University) Member, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Graduate Committee, 2011-2014 (Dept.)
Member, Chancellor’s Diversity Advisory Committee, 2010-present (University)
Member, Community, Diversity & Social Justice Committee, Communication, 2008-2009 (Dept.) Member, Alumni Career Night Committee, Communication, 2008-10 (Dept.)
Oklahoma State University
Screen Studies Program faculty committee, 2005-07; Search Committee, 2006-07 English Department Graduate Committee, 2005-06
Affiliated Faculty member in American Studies Program, Africana Studies, and Women’s Studies Program, 2005-06
University of Alabama
Historian, Alliance of Women of Color, 2004-05
Advisory Committee Taskforce on Violence Against Women, 2001-02
Radio Reader Service volunteer, College of Communication & Information Sciences, 2000-02 Student Representative, University of Alabama Graduate Council, 1999-2000
President and listserv moderator, African American Graduate Student Association, 1997-99
University of Houston
Member, Office of Affirmative Action Sexual Harassment Hearing Committee Coordinator and Webmaster, Women’s Resource Center
President, University Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
Board President, Amherst Media, Amherst, MA, 2017-present; Member since 2009.
Board Co-chair, Youth Action Coalition promoting youth empowerment through social justice infused community-based arts and media projects, 2011-2013. Member, 2009-present.
Committee Chair, Cable Advisory Committee, Amherst MA, June 2015-present. Founding Board Member and Secretary, The Blues Project of Alabama Founding Board Member, Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Houston, TX
Selected Media Production Experience
Media works in progress
Oral history of Pilgrimage Reunion: Retracing the Slave Trade from Amherst, MASS to Johannesburg, South Africa, 2018-2019 archival work.
Oral history of Committee for the Collegiate Education of Black and Other Minority Students, 51st Reunion, 2019 archival work.
Co-Producer and Director with Amilcar Shabazz, “Global Africana Studies,” a documentary about the influence and history of African American / Black Studies across the globe.
Producer and Director, “Joseph Celestine High School: A Rosenwald School in Mamou, Louisiana,” will include an archived oral history research and digital photos documentation.
Producer and Co-Founder, Western Massachusetts Media Justice Network video series (16 episodes) https://amherstmedia.org/content/western-mass-media-justice-network; since 2013.
Co-Producer and Co-Director with Amilcar Shabazz, Difficult Dialogues: Voices from the Valley
video series (26 episodes) https://amherstmedia.org/content/difficult-dialogues; since 2015.
Producer and Director, The National Liberation Poetry Tour Experience, a short video project featuring performance poet, Anika Nailah, and stage director, Ingrid Askew, 2013.
Producer, Where I’m From, a short-subject video project featuring poetry of middle school students in the CHOICES afterschool program at W. R. Peck School, Holyoke, MA., 2010.
Editor, Spirit Walk, a short documentary on education reform and advocacy, 2002.
Producer, The State of Human Welfare and the Welfare State, on a forum held at the University of Houston, October 1996.
Production Assistant, Community Forum: A Live Call-In Discussion Sponsored by the Black Citizen’s Task Force, a live cablecast program held in Austin, TX, as a part of the weekly “Liberation!” series, July 1996.
Guest host of “Class Notes,” KPFT (Pacifica Radio affiliate); guest on KNUZ Houston, 1995.
Specialized Training, Certificates, and Licenses
Oral History Facilitator and Trainer; Digital Storytelling Facilitator Training, The Center for Digital Storytelling, Lyons, CO, June 2013 Documentary Camera Workshop, Maine Media Workshops, Maine Media College, June 2011 Center for Digital Storytelling Three-day Educator Workshop (fulfills INTE 5330), December 2006 Media 100 non-linear editor; Final Cut Pro; and SoundForge digital-audio editor
Membership in Academic, Professional, and Scholarly Societies
Assn for the Study of African Amer. Life & History; National Council for Black Studies; International/National Communication Associations; Society for Cinema & Media Studies; Assn for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora; National Alliance For Media Arts and Culture