Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, 2000, Film & Television
M.Ed., Stanford University, 1985
B.A., Stanford University, 1983, American Studies
Phone: (949) 824-3532
University of California, Irvine
2022 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 2435
Irvine, CA 92697
Blackness in Film & Media, Film & Television Comedy, Television History, Lay Theory, Podcasting, Media Literacy
Bambi Haggins is Associate Professor in. the Department of Film and Media Studies at UC Irvine. Her work explores race, class, gender and sexuality in American comedy across media and television history. Her first book, Laughing Mad, was awarded the Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award. Her work has been published in Cinema Journal, Framework, Ms., and The New York Times as well as several edited collections. Haggins wrote Showtime's Why We Laugh: Funny Women and was historical consultant/onscreen talent for HBO’s Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (both 2013). Haggins is currently editing “TV Memories: Letters to Our Televisual Past,” in which scholars reflect upon their personal viewer experiences. Her book project, “Still Laughing, Still Mad” examines how Black comedy, culture and reception in the new millennium reflect, refract and reveal the necessity and the power of Black comic discourse and survival laughter since 2008. Her most recent article represents a new direction in her scholarship: “Step One in Adopting Antiracist Pedagogies: Know the Stakes and Check Yourselves"
discusses how necessary it is to recognize your own biases in the process of developing antiracist pedagogies.