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Joi Carr

Associate Professor of English and Film Studies
Director, Film Studies Program
Director, Multicultural Theatre Project

Division: Humanities/Teacher Education Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 112
Phone: (310) 506-7610
E-mail: joi.carr@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., English, Literature and Film Studies, Claremont Graduate University, 2005
  • Post-Doctoral Studies, Women's and Gender Studies Certificate, Claremont Graduate University, 2013
  • Post-Doctoral Studies, African Studies Certificate, Claremont Graduate University, 2012
  • M.A., Religion Interdisciplinary History, Pepperdine University, 2001
  • M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies (English, Theater, History), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 1998
  • B.S., Bible and Ministry, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, Texas, 1998, Summa Cum Laude
  • B.A., Liberal Arts, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, Texas, 1996, Magna Cum Laude
Courses:
  • Film Studies - Intro to Film Studies, Women and Film, and African American Cinema
  • American Literature after the Civil War
  • English Composition
  • Film and Culture
  • Film Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Film Studies Internship
  • Introduction to Film
  • Italian Cinema from Neorealism to Present
  • Multicultural Women Writers
  • Multicultural Literature and Theory
  • Music and Text: African American Literature
  • Theatre Ensemble: Multicultural Theatre Project
  • Senior Thesis Projects in Film Studies
  • Women and Film
  • World Literature
  • Western Culture III (1815 to present)
Key Awards/Affiliations:
  • Brett J. Love Award for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University, 2004
  • Exemplary Teaching in the Area of Faith and Learning, Pepperdine University, 2002
  • Jonathan Dolgen Fellow, Claremont University, 2001-2002 (Ph.D. studies)
  • Irvine Scholar, Seaver College Pepperdine University, 2000-2005 (Ph.D. studies)
  • MLA, Modern Language Association
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL)
  • The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States (MELUS)
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
Academic Interests:
  • African American Studies: Literature and Film
  • Arts-based critical pedagogy
  • Christianity and Literature
  • Film Studies: Women and Film
  • Ralph Ellison
  • Religion and the Arts
  • Toni Morrison
Selected Works:
  • Encountering Texts: The Multicultural Theatre Project and "Minority" Literature. Peter Lang Publishing: New York, 2015.
  • "The Paraphernalia of Suffering: Chris Rock's Good Hair, Still Playing in the Dark." Black Camera International Journal, BC Vol. 5, No. 1 (Winter, 2013), p. 56-71.
  • "Missy Elliot: Transcending Conventional Hip Hop Aesthetics and Industry Norms." In Icons of Hip Hop, Volume II, Mickey Hess Ed. Tennessee: Greenwood Press, 2007.
  • "Maya Angelou." In Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers, Volume I. Yolanda William Page Ed. Tennessee: Greenwood Press, 2007.
Performances:
  • Director and Creator. (2014) Let's Talk About Love, featuring singer-songwriter Amel Larrieux and actor Jason George, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2014) Lift Every Voice, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2013) Liberte, featuring Tony Award winning actress L. Scott Caldwell, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2011). Love is Candies Cafe, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2010) The Jazz Age, a musical, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2006). Once Upon a Time, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2005). Jubilee: A Celebration of Gospel Music, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Smothers Theater, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2004). Motown and the Sixties, a musical, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2003). Voice! The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2002). A Different Mirror, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2001). Who Do You Think I Am, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Playwright and Director. (2001). Harlem Renaissance Culture, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
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