Dr. Bambi Haggins is an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University. Her research engages issues of gender, race and sexuality in American film and television. Her book, Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post Soul America won the 2008 Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Dr. Haggins’ recent film credits are acting as writer for Showtime’s Why We Laugh: Funny Women and historical consultant and onscreen talent for HBO’s Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley. Her current project examines comedy and Blackness in the Age of Obama.