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Alfred L. Martin Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Martin Jr.


Office Location:
Student Commons 3311

Office Hours:
On research leave Fall 2017

Phone: Via Email


Curriculum Vitae »

Department of Communication »

Expertise Areas:
Television Studies, Race and Media, Queer Media, Media Production Studies, Media Reception

My Addresses:

Mailing Address:
Department of Communication
Campus Box 176
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
1201 Larimer Street
3rd Floor, Suite 3014
Denver, CO 80204

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.  

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