Krin Gabbard


Having arrived at Stony Brook in 1981, I have taught a wide variety of subjects and served my department in several capacities. Mostly I teach film studies, and although I am something of a lapsed classicist, I also teach a large lecture course on Classical Mythology. I have not published anything in the area of ancient Greek literature since the 1980s, but I always enjoy teaching this course because it gives me an opportunity to keep up with research on the history and literature of ancient Greece, where new discoveries are constantly emerging.

My work in cinema studies has led me to become the Editor-in-Chief of the Cinema and Media Studies section of Oxford Bibliographies:

I have been working on this project since 2010, and it continues to develop. It now functions as the “Anti-Google,” providing peer-reviewed bibliographies on specific issues in cinema and media studies, all of them written by experts in the field. There will eventually be more than 300 articles on the OB Web site, each of them providing a thoroughly annotated guide to the best scholarly literature on specific films, directors, genres, theoretical paradigms, industrial practices, and much more.

My own writing on cinema includes Psychiatry and the Cinema (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1987), Jammin’ at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1996), and Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2004). I have also published more than 60 articles in journals and anthologies, and I am the co-editor of Screening Genders (Rutgers University Press, 2008).

After the publication of my two anthologies, Jazz Among the Discourses and Representing Jazz (both Duke Univ. Press, 1995), I became one of the fathers of the “New Jazz Studies.” Twenty years ago, the study of jazz was limited to the history of the music and the occasional close-reading of a recorded solo. I was one of several scholars from disciplines outside of musicology and music history to open up jazz studies to interdisciplinary approaches involving psychoanalysis, critical race theory, modes of representation, gender theory, and the history of the music’s reception.   In 2009, I published Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture (Farrar Strauss/Faber and Faber). Directed at an audience outside of academia, the book focuses on the role the trumpet has played throughout history with special attention to the achievements of jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. While researching the book, I became an amateur trumpet-player myself, and it’s all I can do to stop practicing and do my REAL work!

My current project is a biography of Charles Mingus, in many ways the most important jazz artist in history. This is the first time that I have written a full-scale biography, and I have chosen to write on Mingus because he was a brilliant composer, an accomplished musician and improviser, and a participant in every major moment in jazz history. He is also the author of Beneath the Underdog (Random House, 1972), the single most remarkable autobiography by an important jazz artist. My biography of Mingus will appear in 2014.

 1979 Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Indiana University.

Appointed to Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Stony Brook Unversity, in 1981.

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Spring 2016


CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, March 23rd, from 1:00 - 2:20 in Frey Hall 105.

Our speakers include: 

Kathryn Silverstein, "Crime, Time, and the Corporeal in Julia Kristeva's Possessions"

Mark Pingree, "Cosmic Pessimism: Catastrophe, Trauma and Extinction"

Shruti Mukherjee, "Activism during Siege: Rise of Hindu Nationalist Right Wing in India"

CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, February 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Humanities Institute, Room#1008

Speakers and Titles: 

Spatiality, Cognitive Ecology, Here 

Professor John Lutterbie, "Gutters and Panels"

David Rodriguez, "Environment at Scale"


Fall 2015

Cultural Analysis and Theory -Graduate Student Conference


2015 Stony Brook University, Dept. of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

SBU Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016


2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008

Speakers and Titles:

Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"

Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"


Co-Sponsored Events:

Black History Month

Keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez poet, educator, and lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation and Racial Justice. 

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Student Activities Center Gelber Auditorium

DANTE WORLDS Echoes, Places, Questions -- A Conference on the 750th Anniversary of Dante's Birth 
Wednesday,  December 2, 2015 
Charles B. Wang Lecture Hall 29:30 am to 5:30 pm

English Graduate Student Conference - Spring 2016
Speaking Text(s): Communication in the Humanities

Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Marcus Brock has been selected to receive the Turner Conference Travel Award to participation in the "Audiovisualtopia" taking place in Madrid, Spain beginning on 10/23/2015. 

Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Kudos Newsletter 

        May 2016

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