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Bambi Haggins

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0302
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0302
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0302
Biography

Bambi Haggins (Ph.D. UCLA, 2000) is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of English at Arizona State University. Her work explores race, class, gender and sexuality in American film and television, with a focus on comedy. Haggins received the Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award for her first book, Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post Soul America (Rutgers UP 2007). Her work has been published in scholarly journals such as Cinema Journal, Flow, Velvet Light Trap and Framework, in the popular press including Ms. and The New York Times as well as several edited collections. Haggins was a writer for Showtime's Why We Laugh: Funny Women and historical consultant/onscreen talent for HBO’s Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (both 2013). Haggins is planning an edited collection, “Television Memoir,” in which scholars discuss the significance of programs, which have personal meaning to them, in the context of US television and popular culture. Her current book project, a spiritual sequel to Laughing Mad, “Black Laughter Matters,” explores Blackness and comedy in the age of Obama. Haggins has been an active member of SCMS since 1996, and has served as a Board Member, as the co-chair of the African/African-American caucus and the Caucus Coordinating Committee, as a member of the Nominating Committee and as a facilitator of media literacy community engagements at the D.C. and Chicago conferences. Haggins is also on the Board for Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism. 

 

Education

 

Ph.D., Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles (2000)               

Master of Arts, Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles (1996)              

Master of Arts, Education, Stanford University, Stanford, California (1985)

Bachelor of Arts, American Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, California (1983)

Research Interests

African-American/Black Studies, American Studies, Comedy in American Film, Television and Performance, Cultural Studies, Television History, Television Studies, Media Studies, Stand Up Comedy, Media Literacy

Publications
  • Bambi Haggins, Julia Himberg. The Multichannel Transition, 1980s-1990s. Blackwell Companion to History of US Broadcasting. Aniko Bodroghkozy, ed. (forthcoming 2017) 
  • Bambi Haggins. Moms Mabley and Wanda Sykes: Ima Be Me. Hysterical! Women in American Comedy. L. Mizejewski and V. Sturtevant (In press 2017)
  • Not A Good Fella: Experiencing Spectatorial Pleasure with Displeasure. Blackwell Companion to The Films of Martin Scorsese. Aaron Baker, edi. (2016)
  • Bambi Haggins. Charm City Stories: ‘RealFeel’ and Homicide: Life on the Streets.            How To Watch Television.  E. Thompson and J. Mittel, eds. (2013)
  • Catherine Squires, Bambi Haggins. Regarding Black Audiences: Qualitative Approaches to Studying Black Media Consumption. Researching Black Communities: A Methodological Guide. J. S. Jackson, C. Howard-Caldwell, S.L. Sellers. eds. (2012)
  • Bambi Haggins, ed. U.S. Television and Cultural Studies. (2009).
  • Bambi Haggins. "In the Wake of ‘The Nigger Pixie’: Dave Chappelle and the High Cost of De Facto Crossover". Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (2009).
  • Bambi Haggins. "Humor in Hard Times" Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News. (2009).
  • Bambi Haggins. Learning What Questions to Ask. Cinema Journal. (2009).
  • Bambi Haggins. Sitcoms. African Americans and Popular Culture, Vol.1: Theater, Film & Television. T. Boyd, ed (2008).
  • Bambi Haggins. Comic Relief. Ms. Magazine (2008).
  • Bambi Haggins and Amanda D. Lotz. HBO Comedy: At Home on the Cutting Edge. The Essential HBO Reader. G. Edgerton and JP Jones, eds.  (2008).
  • Bambi Haggins. Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post Soul America. (2007)                    “
Research Activity

Haggins is planning an edited collection, “Television Memoir,” in which scholars discuss the significance of programs, which have personal meaning to them, in the context of US television and popular culture. Her current book project, a spiritual sequel to Laughing Mad, “Black Laughter Matters,” explores Blackness and comedy in the age of Obama.

 

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 494Special Topics
FMS 520Cultrl Hst US TV:Theory & Mthd
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 300Television & Cultural Studies
FMS 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 300Television & Cultural Studies
FMS 598Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 300Television & Cultural Studies
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 494Special Topics
FMS 520Cultrl Hst US TV:Theory & Mthd
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 300Television & Cultural Studies
FMS 598Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 520Cultrl Hst US TV:Theory & Mthd
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 300Television & Cultural Studies
FMS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 300Television & Cultural Studies
FMS 494Special Topics
FMS 590Reading and Conference
FMS 598Special Topics
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 520Cultrl Hst US TV:Theory & Mthd
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 300Television & Cultural Studies
FMS 494Special Topics
FMS 598Special Topics
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 300Television & Cultural Studies
FMS 593Applied Project
FMS 598Special Topics
Presentations
  • Bambi Haggins. Moral Ambiguity & Quality Television or Why I Love & Hate Gaius Baltar. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual International Conference (SCMS), Philadelphia, PA (Mar 2008).
  • Bambi Haggins. Black Comedy and Comic Social Discourse. Global Media-Diasporic Cultures Lecture Series, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Feb 2008).
Service
  • University of California Press, Manuscript Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • CLAS Chairs and Directors, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Curriculum Committee, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Promotions and Tenure Committee, Film & Media Studies, Member (2009-2010)
  • University of Texas Press, Manuscript Reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • American Studies Association, Member (2007 - Present)
  • International Communications Association, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Velvet Light Trap, Editorial Board (2004 - Present)
  • African/African American Caucus, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Member (1996 - Present)
  • Society of Cinema and Media Studies, Member (1996 - Present)
  • Society of Cinema and Media Studies, Member (1996 - Present)
  • Television Studies Scholarly Interest Group, Society of Cinema and Media Studies, Member (1996 - Present)
  • Society of Cinema and Media Studies, Board of Directors (2010 - 2012)
  • Project Humanities Ad Hoc Committee, Member (2010 - 2011)
  • FMS Promotions and Tenure Committee, Co-Chair (2010 - 2011)
  • Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Member (2009 - 2011)
  • FMS Curriculum Committee, Chair (2010 - 2011)
  • Digital Cultures Search Committee, Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Graduate Studies Committee, Member (2009 - 2009)
  • Promotions and Tenure Committee, Film & Media Studies, Member (2008 - 2009)
  • African/African American Caucus, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Co-chair (2006 - 2008)
  • Caucus Coordinating Committee, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Co-chair (2006 - 2008)