Vicki Callahan AKA DJ Zoe Trop is a media activist and scholar. She is Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in the Divisions of Cinema and Media Studies and Media Arts + Practice. Her research and teaching are focused on the integration of theory and practice with attention to issues in film and media history, feminist studies, digital culture, media strategies for social change, and public scholarship. She is author of Zones of Anxiety: Movement, Musidora, and the Crime Serials of Louis Feuillade (WSUP 2005), editor for the collection, Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History (WSUP 2010), and co-editor with Virginia Kuhn for the collection, Future Texts: Subversive Performance and Feminist Bodies (Parlor Press 2015). Currently, she is completing work on a monograph on the silent film star, Mabel Normand (WSUP). With Sarah Atkinson, she is co-authoring, Mixed Realities (MR): Gender, Precarity, and New Models of Work in the Convergence Economy
During the summer 2015 Dr. Callahan was a NEH fellow for the inaugural workshop, “Scholarship in Sound and Image,” on Videographic Criticism at Middlebury College, and during the autumn semester she was in residence at University College Cork, Ireland as a Fulbright Scholar with a focus on digital media praxis. She Co-Chaired the SCMS Women’s Caucus from 2014-2016. Her teaching blog is DJ Zoe Trop, where you can find several course blog sites or course summaries.
She has received two South Carolina Humanities grants, a Yip Harburg Award, and Sam and Regina Greene grant for her work on the documentary, The Lowcountry, on corrective histories and racial justice in Charleston, South Carolina.