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Joi Carr Faculty Profile

Joi Carr

Professor of English & Film Studies
Director of the Film Studies Program
Academic Director of the Institute for Entertainment Media and Culture
Director of the Multicultural Theatre Project
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
CAC 112

Education

  • PhD, 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
  • MA, Religion Interdisciplinary History, Pepperdine University, 2001
  • MA, Interdisciplinary Studies (English, Theater, History), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 1998
  • BS, Bible and Ministry, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, Texas, 1998, Summa Cum Laude
  • BA, Liberal Arts, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, Texas, 1996, Magna Cum Laude
  • Boyz N the Hood: Shifting Hollywood Terrain. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2018.
  • Encountering Texts: The Multicultural Theatre Project and "Minority" Literature. Peter Lang Publishing: New York, 2015.
  • "Django Unchained: Disrupting Classic Hollywood Historic Realism?" Black Camera International Journal, BC Vol. 7, No.2 (Spring, 2016): 37-44.
  • "'To Be Actually Honest": An Interview with Reginald Hudlin (Writer, Producer, Director and Executive)." Black Camera International Journal, BC Vol. 7, No. 2 (Spring, 2016): 45-61.
  • "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.
  • Distinction in Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, Pepperdine University, 2018
  • 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)
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States (MELUS)
  • Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
  • Playwright and Director. (2018) Epiphany, The Multicultural Theatre Project, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • Director and Creator. (2015) 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.

Topics

  • African American Studies: Literature and Film
  • Arts-based critical pedagogy
  • Christianity and Literature
  • Film Studies: Women and Film
  • John Singleton and Black Masculinity
  • Music and Text: African American Literature
  • Ralph Ellison
  • Religion and the Arts
  • Toni Morrison

Courses

  • African American Cinema
  • Film and Culture
  • Film Studies Internship
  • Intro to Film Studies
  • Italian Cinema from Neorealism to Present
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Senior Thesis Projects in Film Studies
  • Women and Film
  • World Cinema
  • American Literature after the Civil War
  • English Composition
  • Multicultural Women Writers
  • Multicultural Literature and Theory
  • Music and Text: African American Literature
  • World Literature
  • Theatre Ensemble: Multicultural Theatre Project
  • Western Culture III (1815)