Personal Details: Dent, Gina

Dent Gina

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Gina Dent (Ph.D., English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University) is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, and Legal Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She previously held positions at Princeton University and Columbia University and was Director of the Institute for Advanced Feminist Research at UCSC, as well as Principal Investigator for the UC Multicampus Research Group on Transnationalizing Justice.  Currently, she is Faculty Fellow at the UCSC Institute of the Arts and Sciences and PI and Co-Director of Visualizing Abolition (  She is the editor of Black Popular Culture ([1993] New York: The New Press, 1998) and author of articles on race, feminism, popular culture, and visual art. Her recent projects grow out of her work as an advocate for prison abolition—Abolition. Feminism. Now. (co-authored with Angela Davis, Erica Meiners, and Beth Richie, Haymarket 2022), and the in-progress works Visualizing Abolition (co-edited with Rachel Nelson) and Prison as a Border, on popular culture and the conditions of knowledge.  She has offered graduate courses and faculty seminars in critical race studies, critical theory and postcolonialism, and black feminisms in Brazil (Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador and Universidade Federal Recôcavo da Bahia, Cachoeira), Colombia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), and Sweden (Linköping University), as well as at the European Graduate School, and lectures widely on these and other subjects. She is a member of the Scholars for Social Justice, the Portal Project, and works with organizations nationally and internationally, primarily on justice-related concerns.

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