Kameelah L. 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 prose. Her interdisciplinary reach also involves broader interests, such as comparative literature(s) of the African Diaspora. She is deeply committed to the fields of African Diaspora Studies, Black Feminist Studies, Literature, Folklore, and Film Studies. As such, her research and teaching interests fall widely under this individualized humanities-based umbrella.
Within her scholarship, she has explored such topics as the conjure woman as an archetype; the performance of African spirituality in visual media; eco-critical perspectives on water as a trope in Africana cultural memory; the preservation of Gullah Geechee heritage and folk beliefs; as well as African American genealogy and the Black feminist spirituality of Beyoncé. She has taught courses in English and African American Studies at Georgia State University, University of Houston, and Savannah State University.
Kameelah L. Martin is currently Director of the African American Studies Program and Professor of African American Studies and English at the College of Charleston.