Josslyn Jeanine Luckett is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies. She holds a PhD in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA inDramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She also has an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and she received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Her research interests include and combine media studies, jazz and improvisation studies, and comparative and relational Ethnic Studies, with special attention to the intersection of race, media, and social justice and to representations of Afrodiasporic spiritual practices in film and television. Her current book project examines the pre-history of the filmmakers known as the “L.A. Rebellion,” by engaging the
multiracial media “insurgents” of UCLA’s Ethno-Communications Program, whose activist filmwork changed the face of independent media across Black, Chicana/o, Asian American and Native American communities in Los Angeles and beyond. She is also a screenwriter, playwright, former Executive Story Editor for the WB comedy, The Steve Harvey Show, and she wrote the teleplay for the MTV Original Movie, Love Song, directed by Julie Dash.
A 2017 Ford Dissertation Fellow and recent participant in the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, her writing has appeared in Film Quarterly, Public Books, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and the Los Angeles Times. A past fellow of the screenwriters and playwrights labs at the Sundance Institute and the directing lab at Film Independent, she was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2002 and has been a member of the Writers Guild of America since 1998.