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Dr Kristal Brent Zook
curriculum vitae


Dr Zook was a Visiting Fellow in the CRCC and lecturer in the Communication and Media Studies Programmes at Murdoch University for the second semester of 1996. She gave a paper in the CRCC seminar series on her research on Black Television in the USA. While at Murdoch she taught Introduction to Cultural Studies and completed her revision of her forthcoming book The Fox Trot: Black Television in the 1990's.

Below is a copy of her CV.


Ph.D., History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1988-1994

Areas of Emphasis: African American history and cultural production;television, film, literature; nationalist thought; feminist theories.

B.A., English, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983-1987 Areas of Emphasis: African American women writers; critical theories of race, class and gender; literary theories of deconstruction; semiotics.

Study Abroad: Managua, Nicaragua: Spring, 1988. Field work in politics and Central American History

University of Madrid, Spain: 1986-1987. Courses Taken: literature and history of Spain; art of El Prado Museum; international relations; politics.



Dreaming Out Loud: Black Feminism at the Crossroads (tentative title for a work in progress). W.W. Norton, Forthcoming, 1998.

The Fox Trot: Black Television in the 1990's. Oxford University Press, Forthcoming, 1997.

"Reconstructions of Nationalism in Black Music and Culture." In Mass Music: Mass Movements. Reebee Garafolo, editor. Boston: South End Press, 1992. Reprinted in Gender, Race and Class in Media: A Text-Reader. Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez, editors. London: Sage Publications, 1995.

"Light Skinned'ded Naps." In Haciendo Caras: Making Face, Making Soul: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color. Gloria Anzaldœa, editor. San Francisco: Spinsters/Aunt Lute, 1990.

"Representations of Mulatta Women in Literature." In Expressions. Santa Barbara: University of California, 1985.

Various essays; film, television and book reviews for The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Vibe, The L.A. Weekly, The Village Voice, and Emerge. 1990-present.



Visiting Fellow, Centre for Research in Culture and Communication, Murdoch University, June-December 1996.

Visiting Hilliard Scholar, Women's History Month, University of Nevada, Reno, Spring 1996.

Resident Scholar, Humanities Research Institute, UC Irvine, Fall 1993.

Guest Lecturer, UC Santa Cruz Course: "Culture and Ideology:Oppositional Perspectives in African American Music" Professor Angela Davis, Spring 1993. Paper Title: "Nationalist Desire in Contemporary Black Television Production."

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 1991-92

Associate, Center for Cultural Studies, UC Santa Cruz, 1990-1991.

Travel Grant, American Studies Association National Conference, UC Santa Cruz, Fall 1990.

Travel Grant, International Society for the Study of Popular Music Annual Conference, UC Santa Cruz, Spring 1990. Paper: "Reconstructions of Black Nationalism in Rap Music"

Travel Grant, National Women's Studies Association Conferences. Summer 1988.

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz, 1988-1990.

Jeanne Anderson Memorial Fund Travel Grant, Education Abroad Program, Madrid, Spain. UC Santa Barbara, 1986.

W.E.B. DuBois Writing Contest, First Place Essay Winner, UC Santa Barbara, 1986.



Visiting Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies, School of Humanities, Murdoch University, Western Australia. Fall 1996.

Visiting Assistant Professor, African American Studies, UC Los Angeles. 1995-1996.

Teacher's Assistant, Special Reading and Writing Seminar with Toni Cade, Bambara and Buchi Emecheta, UC Santa Cruz, Winter 1991.

Instructor, Oakes College Core Course, UC Santa Cruz, Fall 1990.

Teacher's Assistant, Black Women Writers, Professor Gloria Hull, Santa Cruz, Fall 1989.

Tutor, Spanish literature and composition, EOP/SAA Program, UC Santa Cruz,1988-1989.

Private English Teacher, Madrid, Spain, 1986-1987.

Academic Advisor, and Tutor, EOP/SAA Program, UC Santa Barbara, Summer 1986.

Reader, Advanced Composition, Professor Elliott Butler-Evans, UC Santa Barbara, Spring 1986.

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