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.
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.