CLAS Faculty & Staff Directory
Alfred L. Martin Jr., Ph.D.
Member of the CLAS Speakers Bureau
BA, Journalism, Arizona State University
MA, Sociology, DePaul University
PhD, Media Studies, University of Texas - Austin
Alfred L. Martin, Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado – Denver. Martin’s research focuses on queer media studies, black media studies, production studies, reception theory, and television genre theory. His forthcoming book project argues that the black-cast sitcom is an explicit genre, and therefore its engagement with black gayness does not resemble any other contemporary genre. By examining audience reception, industrial production practices, and authorship, the project argues that representations of black gay characters are trapped into particular narrative tropes. Martin has published articles in both scholarly journals including Popular Communication, Television and New Media, The Journal of Black Masculinity and Spectator as well as in popular press including PopMatters.com, FlowTV, In Media Res and Antenna. He has also contributed work to forthcoming anthologies The Comedy Studies Reader and Dislike, Hate and Anti-Fandom in the Digital Age. Martin is an active member of several professional organizations including Society for Cinema and Media Studies and International Communication Association.
- “Norman… It’s Not About You: De-Centering Black Gayness in Norman… Is That You?” In Beyond Blaxploitation, edited by Gerald Butters and Novatny Lawrence. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, December 2016.
- “Scripting Black Gayness: Television Authorship in Black-Cast Sitcoms.” Television and New Media 16, no. 7 (2015): 648–663.
- “It’s (Not) in His Kiss: Gay Kisses and Camera Angles in Contemporary U.S. Network Television Comedy.” Popular Communication 12, no. 3 (2014): 153 - 165.
Introduction to Media Studies
Queer Media Studies