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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Michael T. Martin

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Department of American Studies
Department of Communication and Culture
Director, Black Film Center/Archive
Adjunct Professor, Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Office: 044G Wells Library
Phone: (812) 855-7631
E-mail: martinmt at


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1979
Ed.M., Columbia University 1972
M.A., Columbia University 1971
B.A., City College, City University of New York (CUNY), 1970

Courses Recently Taught

  • AAAD-A330 African American Cinematic Experience
  • AAAD-A400 Cinemas of the Black Diaspora
  • AAAD-A400/590 Third World Cinemas
  • AAAD-A542 Postcolonial Metropolitan Cinemas

Works in Progress

History Betrayed: Gillo Pontecorvo's Cinema of Decolonization (book length manuscript under contract with Wayne State University Press, due 2013).

Caribbean Cinemas: Evolution, Articulations, Transnationality (book length project under contract with Indiana University Press, 2012).

Recent Publications

(with David Wall) "Race, Space, and Gender in Ed Bland's Cry of Jazz," Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 31 (2) 2014: 136-147.

"Madeline Anderson in Conversation: Pioneering an African American Documentary Tradition," Black Camera, 5.1 (2013): 68-96.

(with David Wall) "The Politics of Cine-Memory: Signifying Slavery in the History Film," A Companion to the Historical Film, Robert A. Rosenstone and Constantin Parvulesu, eds. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 445-467.

"'I Make Documentaries to Give Voice to the Voiceless...': The Film Practice of Yoruba Richen," Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 28 (3) 2011: 183-194.

(with David Wall) "Race, Space, and Gender in Ed Bland's Cry of Jazz," Quarterly Review of Film and Video 30 (5), forthcoming.

"Documenting Modern Day Slavery in the Dominican Republic: An Interview with Amy Serrano," Camera Obscura 24.2 (2010): 161-172.

"'I Do Exist': From 'Black Insurgent' to Negotiating the Hollywood Divide--A Conversation with Julie Dash," Cinema Journal 49.2 (2010): 1-16.

(with David Wall) "'Where are you from?': Performing Race in the Art of Jefferson Pinder," Black Camera 2.1 (2010): 72-105.

(with Marissa Moorman)"Imagining Angola in Luanda with Ondjaki," Black Camera 1.2 (2010): 38-62.

"'Podium for the Truth'? Reading Slavery and the Neocolonial Project in the Historical Film: Queimada! and Sankofa in Counterpoint," Third Text 23.6 (2009): 717-731.

"Joseph Gai Ramaka: 'I am not a filmmaker engage. I am an ordinary engage," Research in African Literatures 40.3 (2009): 206-219.

"Charles Burnett--Consummate Cinčaste," Black Camera 1.1 (2009): 143-170.

(with Marilyn Yaquinto) Redress for Historical Injustices in the United States: On Reparations for Slavery, Jim Crow and Their Legacies (Duke University Press, 2007).

(with Marilyn Yaquinto) "Reparations for 'America's Holocaust': Activism for Global Justice," Race & Class 45.4 (2004): 1-25.

"Mexican Cinema and the 'Generation of the 1990s Filmmakers: A Conversation with Francisco Athié," Framework 45.1 (2004): 115-128.

"On the Cusp of Postmodernity: Lolo and Fibra Optica in Contemporary Mexican Cinema,"Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 12.2 (2003): 191-214.

"I am a storyteller, drawing water from the well of my culture: Gaston Kaboré, Griot of African cinema," Research in African Literatures 33.4 (2002): 161-179.

"Restoration or Innovation?: Humberto Solas on the Problems of Post-revolutionary Cuban Cinema," Film Quarterly 54.3 (2001): 2-13.