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Kent Alan Ono, Ph.D.

Dr. Kent A. Ono was born in Casper, Wyoming (USA).  He earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric at the University of Iowa in 1992, his M.A. in Communication at Miami University in 1988, and his B.A. in English at DePauw University in 1987.  His research emphasis is on critical and theoretical analysis of print, film, and television media, specifically focusing on representations of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation.

     Dr. Ono is currently Director and Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  His research and teaching interests include Rhetoric, Media, and Cultural Studies and Asian American History and Culture.  He has been nominated for numerous teaching and advising awards and was a co-recipient of a Ford Foundation Diversity of Education Grant from 1990-1991.

     Dr. Ono has contributed more than 25 articles to numerous journals and anthologies in communication, Asian American studies, and cultural studies venues, in addition to co-authoring Shifting Borders: Rhetoric, Immigration, and California's Proposition 187 (2002, Temple University Press) and co-editing Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek (1996, Westview Press).

       Dr. Ono was co-founder of the Cultural Studies Graduate Program at UC Davis and was its first director, serving from 1999-2002.  He served as interim director of the MURALS undergraduate research program for underserved student populations from 1999-2000.  He also founded the Asian American Cultural Politics Research Cluster at UC Davis in 1997.  He founded a journal, called Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies; helped propose and organize and from 2000-2001 chaired the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of NCA; chaired the Asian Pacific American Caucus of NCA in 1996-1997; was co-founder of the Asian American Studies, Latino Studies, and Gay and Lesbian Studies divisions of NCA; chaired the Asian Pacific American Caucus of the Society for Cinema Studies (1999-2001); and was conference planner of "Communication and Cultural Politics," July 2000 in Iowa City, IA.

       Currently, Dr. Ono lives in Champaign, IL, with his partner, Sarah Projansky, and his daughter, Yasmin Projansky Ono.

      Contact address: Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 810 South Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801.

 

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