Scholar. Editor. Leader.

Kameelah Martin is an academic leader and award winning scholar of African Diaspora literatures and cultures. She is deeply committed to the fields of African Diaspora Studies, African American Literature, Black Feminism, African American Folklore, and Film Studies.  She is an advocate for first-generation and underrepresented minority students charting a path into the academic landscape.



Dr. Martin’s scholarly expertise sits at the crossroads of African Diaspora literature(s) of the U.S. and Caribbean and folklore studies. As a cultural studies scholar, she is trained in the African American literary and vernacular traditions with emphasis on twenty and twenty-first century fiction. Her interdisciplinary reach spans such topics as African-derived spiritualities, Gullah Geechee heritage and culture, African American genealogy, Beyoncé, and Black popular culture.


Dr. Martin is an accomplished author with over 20 years’ experience in writing, editing, and publishing for the academic market. She serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals and is a regular peer reviewer for university presses. She was the book review and assistant editor for the College Language Association Journal from 2015-2020. Dr. Martin brings a critical and constructive scholarly eye to manuscripts to ensure depth, clarity, and precision in academic writing.


An experienced administrator, Dr. Martin is an equity-minded servant leader in higher education. She was selected as a member of the prestigious HERS Leadership Institute and completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Women in Education Leadership Program. She provides professional consultation in areas such as assessment and curriculum, graduate education, promotion and tenure review, and strategic planning.