Member, Board of Directors, 2020-2023
Biography: Alfred L. Martin Jr. is Assistant Professor of media studies in the Department of Communication Studies and the program in African American studies at University of Iowa. A media and cultural studies scholar, Martin’s work is concerned with the complex interplay between media industry studies and audience/fandom studies as related to television and film studies, critical black studies, sexuality and gender studies.
Department of Communication Studies
University of Iowa
105 Becker Communication Studies Building
Iowa City, IA 54421
Office Phone: 319-353-1993
PhD, Media Studies, University of Texas at Austin
MA, Sociology, DePaul University
BA, Journalism, Arizona State University
Teaching and Research Interests: Black media studies, queer media studies, production studies, reception theory, and television genre theory.
The Generic Closet: Black Gayness and the Black-Cast Sitcom (Indiana University Press, 2021). https://www.amazon.com/Generic-Closet-Gayness-Black-Cast-Sitcom/dp/0253054591/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3VU7R2RXZM40T&dchild=1&keywords=the+generic+closet+by+alfred+martin&qid=1594233940&sprefix=the+generic+closet%2Caps%2C158&sr=8-1
“Blackbusting Hollywood: Racialized Media Reception, Failure and The Wiz as Black Blockbuster.” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, 60, no. 2 (2021): forthcoming.
“For Scholars… When Studying the Queer of Color Image Alone Isn’t Enough.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, “Forum,” 17, no. 1 (2020): 69-74.
“Fandom While Black: Misty Copeland, Black Panther, Tyler Perry and the Contours of U.S. Black Fandoms.” International Journal of Cultural Studies, 22, no. 6 (2019): 737-753.
“The Queer Business of Casting Gay Characters on U.S. Television.” Communication, Culture & Critique, 11, no. 2 (2018): 282-297.
“Queer (In)Frequencies: SiriusXM’s OutQ and the Limits of Queer Listening Publics.” Feminist Media Studies, 18, no. 2 (2018): 249-263.
Former Co-Chair, TV Studies SIG
Former Grad Student Rep, Black Caucus
Editorial Board Member, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
Editorial Board Member, Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture.