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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) "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.