My research interests include the role of media in history as constitutive of African, African American, and other communities of culture. Also, I am keenly interested in contemporary media and filmic production practices, codes and conventions, and public policy and regulation of the media from the standpoint of the socially and economically challenged. In addition, my work emphasizes the use of media, and media production, and other communication practices to help foster civic engagement.
Undergraduate: Hollywood, Adaptation, and Diversity; Media Literacy and Community Media; Race, Gender and the Sitcom; Women in Cinemas of the African Diaspora. Graduate: Cinema and the African Diaspora.
Cooks, Leda and Demetria Shabazz. "The Pedagogy of Community Service Learning Discourse: From Deficit to Asset Mapping in the Re-Envisioning Media Project." Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. (2014).
Shabazz, Demetria. "Birth Through Conflict: TV Responds to the Politics of Race in 1968." In Mary Dalton & Laura Linder, editors, America Viewed and Skewed: Television Situation Comedies. State University of New York Press. (2005).
Works in progress: Television's "Race Race" of 1968: The Making of Black Representation in the TV Sitcom Julia (book manuscript). My current work explores constructions of identity in television, cinema, and cyberculture, as well as racial and gender discourse in contemporary American literature and film.