Curriculum Vitae

Kameelah L Martin CV

Kameelah L. Martin, Ph.D.

Director of African American Studies

Professor of African American Studies & English

College of Charleston 

66 George Street

Charleston, SC 29424

843.953.0675 (office) • martinkl2@cofc.edu (e-mail)

 

Education 

Ph.D.     Aug 2006              Florida State University, African American Literature & Folklore

MA         June 2003            University of California Los Angeles, Afro-American Studies

BA          Dec 2000              Georgia Southern University, English; Africana Studies minor

 

Research: 20th -21st c. African American literature, African American folklore & vernacular traditions, African spirituality, African diasporic literature & cultures, African American film and popular culture, Black feminist criticism, African American genealogy.

 

Certifications:

University System of Georgia E-Core Faculty Certification

University Conduct Review Board Certification

Savannah State University Study Abroad Program Director Certification

 

Professional Experience

Professor, African American Studies Program & Department of English, College of Charleston (2017-present)

Director, Honors Program, Savannah State University (2016-2017)

Book Review Editor, College Language Association Journal (2015-2017)

Associate Professor, Department of English, Language, & Cultures, Savannah State University (2016-2017)

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Language, & Cultures, Savannah State University (2013-2016)

Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of African American Culture, University of Houston (2011-2013)

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Georgia State University (2006-2011)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Florida State University (2003-2006)

 

Honors & Awards

Savannah State University President’s Faculty Development Mini-grant Initiative, 2016

Fulbright-Hays Participant, U. S Dept. of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (Ghana), 2015-2016

Georgia Southern University Alumni Association 40 Under 40 Alumni Award, 2014-15

University of Houston African American Studies Program Faculty Development Grant, 2013

University of Houston African American Studies Program Faculty Travel Award, 2013

Summer Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Contemporary African American Literature, Summer 2012

University of Houston African American Studies Program Faculty Travel Award, 2012

Visiting Scholar, University of Houston Visiting Scholars Initiative in African American Studies (2011-13)

Georgia State University Department of English Summer Research Enhancement Grant Summer 2011

National Council for Black Studies Cutting-Edge Gender Research Grant, 2009-2010

Georgia State University Writing Across the Curriculum Intensive Writing Course Development Grant, Summer 2009

“Critical Approaches to Teaching African American Literature.” Co-sponsorship for the Conversations among Partners in Learning Program from the Georgia Humanities Council.  Jan. 1– June 1, 2008

Georgia State University Research Initiation Grant, 2007-2008

Georgia State University Dept. of English Summer Research Enhancement Grant, Summer 2007

Florida State University Dept. of English J. Russell Reaver Award for Outstanding Dissertation in American Literature or Folklore, 2006-07

Florida State University Department of English George Harper Award for Outstanding Graduate Critical Writing, 2004-05

National Council for Black Studies Graduate Student Essay Contest, Second Place, 2005

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Minorities Alternate/Hon. Mention, 2004

National Council for Black Studies Graduate Student Essay Contest, Second Place, 2003

UCLA Center for African American Studies Archive Mentorship Fellowship, 2002-03

UCLA Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, 2001-02

 

 

Publications

Monographs:

—. Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics: African Spirituality in American Cinema. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2016.

—. Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work & Other Such Hoodoo. New York:Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2012.

Scholarly Essays:

—.   “Conjuring Up an Image: The African American Healing Woman in the Films of Julie Dash & Kasi Lemmons.”Race, Gender, & Identity: A Social Science Comparative Analysis of Africana Culture. Africana Studies Vol. 5. (Sept 2013):7-18.

—. “Caroline’s Nightmare: The Skeleton Key as Visual Echo of Charles Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales.” College Language Association Journal 56.4 (June 2013): 298-313.

—. “Hoodoo Ladies and High Conjurers: New Directions for an Old Archetype.” Literary Expressions of African Spirituality.  Eds. Elizabeth West and Carol Marsh-Lockett. Lanham, MD. Lexington Press, 2013:119-144.

—. “Rethinking Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo: Neo-Hoodoo Womanist Text?” On the Aesthetic Legacy of Ishmael Reed:Contemporary Reassessments. Eds. Paul Kareem Tayyar and Sämi Ludwig. Huntington Beach, CA: World Parade Books, 2013: 108-128. (reprint)

—. “Disney’s Tia Dalma: A Critical Interrogation of the ‘Imagineered’ Priestess.” Black Women, Gender, and Families. Vol. 6, no. 1(Spring 2012):97-122.

—. “Charles W. Chesnutt and the Legacy of The Conjure Woman.” Charles Waddell Chesnutt: Placing A Stamp on America. Ed. Mary B. Zeigler. Spec. issue of Studies in the Literary Imagination. 43.2 (Fall 2010): 15-30.

—. “Rethinking Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo: Neo-Hoodoo Womanist Text?” College Language Association Journal 52.2 (Dec. 2008) 111-131.

—. “Introduction to the Special Issue.” Serving the Spirits: Women and Voodoo in Literature and Popular Culture.Eds. Kim Wells and Kameelah Martin Samuel. Spec. issue of Women Writers: A Zine. (Aug. 2008). http://www.womenwriters.net/aug08/intro.html

—. “Women and Voodoo: A Conversation with Jewell Parker Rhodes.” Serving the Spirits: Women and Voodoo in Literature and Popular Culture. Eds. Kim Wells and Kameelah Martin Samuel. Spec. issue of Women Writers: A Zine. (Aug. 2008). <http://www.womenwriters.net/aug08/jpr_interview.html&gt;.

—. “Ansa, Tina McElroy.” African American National Biography. Vol. 1. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 2008. 50-51.

—. “Nunez, Elizabeth.” African American National Biography. Vol. 1. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 2008. 172-173.

—. “Hip Hop Soap Box: Pullin’ the Race Card in Mos Def’s ‘Mr. Nigga’.” Revolutions of the Mind: Cultural Studies in the African Diaspora Project. Edited by Dionne Bennett and Candace Moore.  Los Angeles: University of California Los Angeles CAAS Publications, 2003: 111-115.

 

Book Reviews:

Review of Moses, Jesus, and the Trickster in the Evangelical South by Paul Harvey. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012. South Atlantic Review 79.3-4 (Nov 2015):208-11.

Review of Water and African American Memory: An Ecocritical Perspective by Anissa Janine Wardi. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011. The Griot: The Journal of African American Studies. Vol. 34.1 (Spring 2015): 71-72.

Review of Tipping on a Tightrope: Divas in African American Literature by Aisha Damali Lockridge. NY: Peter Lang, 2012.  College Language Association Journal.  Vol. 55 Issue 4 (June 2012):392-396.

Review of Soul Thieves: The Appropriation and Misrepresentation of African American Popular Culture. Tamara Lizette Brown and Baruti N. Kopano, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.  The Journal of American History. Vol:(945-46).

 

Works in Progress

Scholarly Articles:

“Black Transnationalism and the Discourse(s) of Cultural Hybridity: An Introduction.” Guest Editor with Donald Shaffer, Jr. Black Transnationalism and the Discourse(s) of Cultural Hybridity Special Issue of South Atlantic Review.  (Sept 2017).

“Religion and Spirituality: Transportations and Transformations of Spirituality and Identity in the New World.” Section Co-Editor with Elizabeth J. West. The Routledge Anthology of African American Rhetoric: Debates, Histories, and Performances. Vershawn Young, Michelle Bachelor Robinson, and Carmen Kynard, General Editors. NY: Routledge (in production).

“Womanism.” American Literature in Transition, 1980-1990. Quentin Miller, Editor.  Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press (in-production).

“’What you Really Know ‘bout the Dirrrty South?’: Black Women & Spirit Work in the Southern Imagination.”  Introduction to Graphic Novel Box of Bones: The Trouble I’ve Seen. Ayize Jama Everette and John Jennings.  Greenbelt, MD: Rosarium Publishing, 2018. (In production)

“Living and Breathing Diaspora: Praisesong for the Widow as Road Map for Study Abroad.” With Elizabeth J. West.Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal Special Issue on Paule Marshall. Kelly Baker Josephs, ed. (under review).

“’I Used to be Your Sweet Mama’: Beyoncé at the Crossroads of Blues and Conjure in Lemonade.” With Kinitra D. Brooks. Black Camera: An International Film Journal Special Issue: Beyoncé: Media and Cultural Icon. (under review).

“Trans-disciplinary Orientations: Theory, Methodology, and Literature of the African Diaspora.” Africana Methodology: Triangulation and Metatheory on Africana Phenomenon. James Conyers, Editor. Cambridge Scholars  Publishing (in-progress).

 

Professional Presentations:
“Rosewood, Rape, & Respectability: A Black Family’s Rememories of America.” Collegium for African American Research 12th Annual Conference. June 12-16, 2017. Málaga, Spain. [Abstract submitted].

“Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics: African Spirituality in American Cinema.” Invited Lecture. African American Studies Program.  University of Houston.  April 20, 2017.  Houston, TX.

“’I Used to be Your Sweet Mama’: Beyoncé at the Crossroads of Blues and Conjure in Lemonade.” XVI International Conference on African and African-American Culture. April 12-16, 2017. Santiago, Cuba. [Abstract Accepted]

“Vintage Hollywood Voodoo: Black Women in 1930s Film.”  College Language Association Annual Convention. April 6-10, 2016.  Houston, TX.

“Charles Chesnutt and the Vernacular Legacy of The Conjure Woman.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Nov. 13-15, 2015. Durham, NC.

“Re-Envisioning Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies: A Roundtable Discussion.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention.  Nov. 13-15, 2015.  Durham, NC.

“Traversing the Middle Passage Anew: Confronting the Diasporan Self through Study Abroad.” Association for the Study of the Worldwide Diaspora 8th Biennial Conference. Nov. 4-7, 2015. Charleston, SC.
“Ever Met A Conjure Woman So Fly? Mozelle Batiste and Black Feminist Narratives of Resistance.” College Language Association Annual Convention.  April 8-11, 2015.  Dallas, TX.
“It Takes a Village: New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning at HBCUs,” Roundtable.  College Language Association Annual Convention. April 8-11, 2015.  Dallas, TX.

 

“It Takes a Village: A Conversation on Teaching and Learning,” Roundtable.  Twenty-first Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference.  October 16-18, 2014. Raleigh, NC. [Accepted]
“Sounding the Abeng: Michelle Cliff and Zora Neale Hurston in Transnational Literary Discourse.” College Language Association Annual Convention.  March 26-29, 2014. New Orleans, LA.

“How Do You Do Voodoo? Teaching Hurston’s Folklore in the Literature Classroom.” College Language Association Annual Convention.  April 10-13, 2013. Lexington, KY.

“Caroline’s Nightmare: Reading The Skeleton Key as a Visual Echo of Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales.”  College Language Association Annual Convention.  March 28-31, 2012.  Atlanta, GA.

“Of Blues Narratives and Conjure Magic: A Symbiotic Dialectic in the Fiction of Arthur Flowers and J.J. Phillips. Modern Language Association Annual Convention.  Jan. 5-8, 2012.  Seattle, WA.

“Of Blues Narratives and Conjure Magic: A Symbiotic Dialectic in the Fiction of Arthur Flowers and J.J. Phillips.” College Language Association Annual Convention.  April 6-9, 2011. Spartanburg, SC.

“Disney’s Tia Dalma: A Critical Interrogation of the ‘Imagineered’ Obeah Woman.” National Council for Black Studies 35th Annual Conference.  March 16-19, 2011. Cincinnati, OH.

“Subversion and Entertainment: The Presence of Black Female Absence in Ehren Kruger’s Skeleton Key.” Southern American Studies Association Conference.  Feb. 17-19, 2011.  Atlanta, GA.

“Voodoo in Disneyland? Notes on the Spiritual Appropriation by the Mouse.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention.  Nov 5-7, 2010. Atlanta, GA.

“Mambos, Chickens, & Blood: Disrupting Visual Pleasure in Alan Parker’s Angel Heart.” National Council for Black Studies 34th Annual Conference.  March 17-20, 2010.  New Orleans, LA.

“[Conjure] Women don’t Wear No Blues.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Nov. 6-8, 2009.  Atlanta, GA.

“Hoodoo Ladies and High Conjurers: New Directions for an Old Archetype.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. April 8-11, 2009. New Orleans, LA.

“Of Blues Narratives and Conjure Magic: A Symbiotic Dialectic.”  National Council for Black Studies 33rd Annual Conference. March 19-22, 2008.  Atlanta, GA.

“Caribbean Continuities; or Ol’ Buckra Imports more than Sugar and Black Bodies.”  Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc. Annual Conference.  Feb. 7-9, 2008. Atlanta, GA.

“Troubling the Water: Conjure and Christ in 20th Century African American Fiction.” College Language Association Annual Convention. April 18-21, 2007. Miami Shores, FL.

“Conjuring Up an Image: Healing Women in the Literature and Film of Black Women.” College Language Association Annual Convention.  April 5-8, 2006.  Birmingham, AL.

“Move Over Sweetback and Stagolee; There’s a New Baaadass on the Horizon: The Black Badman Cop.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention.  Nov. 4-6, 2005.  Atlanta, GA.

“‘The Thing I Believe’: Women, Writers and the Recreation of God.” College Language Association Annual Convention.  April 6-9, 2005. Athens, GA.

“Rethinking Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo: Neo-Hoodoo Feminist Text?” Pennsylvania State University “Celebrating the African American Novel: Critical Visions and Revisions of its Past and Present” Conference.  April 1-2, 2005. University Park, PA.

“The Conjuring Trope as Signifier in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day.”  University of Mississippi 10th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Student Conference. July 22-24, 2004.  Oxford, MS.

“Recapturing the Conjure Woman: African American Healing Women in Arthur Flowers’ Another Good Loving Blues.” UCLA/USC 13th Annual “Thinking Gender” Conference. March 7, 2003. Los Angeles, CA.

“The Quarterman Incident: The Albany Movement Pushed Back to Strength.” National Council for Black Studies Conference. March 2001. Charlotte, NC.

 

Teaching
Savannah State University, Department of English, Language, & Cultures (2013-present)

English Composition I, English Composition II

Introduction to African American Literature

African-Caribbean Literature

Literary and Cultural Theory

African American Fiction

African American Non-fiction

African American Poetry

African Literature

Special Topics: African American Literature & Film

 

Thesis/Dissertations Supervised:

Lyle, Timothy.  “I Like it . . .Viral: The Queer Pleasures of Reading and Writing about HIV/AIDS.” Dissertation. Howard University, Department of English. (External Committee Member, April 2014).

Stevens, Shelley.  “Curiosity Seekers, Time Travelers, and Avant-Garde Artists: U.S. American Literary and Artistic Responses to the Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934).” Dissertation. Georgia State University, Department of English. (External Committee Member, August 2013).

 

University of Houston, African American Studies Program (2011-2013)

Undergraduate Seminars:

Voodoo and Visual Culture (Spring 2013/online course)

Women & Voodoo (Spring 2012)

 

Georgia State University, Department of English (2006-2011)

Undergraduate Courses: (*directed readings)

American Literature Survey                      American Literature 1914-1945

Black Literature and Film                          Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

20th c. Black Women Writers                    Women and Voodoo

Ethnic American Literature                       Hurston and Hughes

The Conjure Tradition                                  The Work of Langston Hughes*

Intro to African American Lit                    Ronald E. McNair Summer Research Writing Seminar

Gullah Presence in AfAm Lit

 

Undergraduate Research Supervised:

Ware, Kristen.  “A Critical Divination: Toni Morrison’s Use of Abiku-Ogbanje.” GSU McNair Summer Research Institute, Summer 2007.

Smith, Fatimah. “From Mammy to Princess: Disney’s Colored Animation of the Black Female.” GSU McNair Summer Research Institute, Summer 2009.

Graduate Courses:

The Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston*                     20th c. Major American Authors (Toni Morrison)

Exploring the Conjure Trope                                     Black Literary Masculinity

Women and Voodoo                                                     Black Women and the Blues Tradition

MA Pro-Seminar

Theses/Dissertations Supervised:

Peñate, Patricia Coloma.  “Foot Tracks on the Ocean: Zora Neale Hurston and the Creation of an African-American Transcultural Identity.” Dissertation, Department of English (Co-Chair, Summer 2011).

Nguyen, Catthuan.  “A Joint Reading of the Color Purple and the Awakening: From Feminism to Womanism and the Significance of Authentic Feminine Space.” MA Thesis, Department of English (Chair, Summer 2010).

McNeal, Ebony O. “‘Sugarman Done Fly Away’: Kindred Threads of Female Madness and Male Flight in the Novels of Toni Morrison and Classical Greek Myth.” MA Thesis, Department of English (Chair, Summer 2010).

Lyle, Timothy Scott. “Check with Yo’ Man First; Check with Yo’ Man”: Perry Appropriates Drag as a Tool to Recirculate Patriarchal Ideology.” MA Thesis, Department of English. (Chair, Summer 2009).

Barron, Agnel Natasha. “Representations of Labor in the Slave Narrative.” MA Thesis, Department of English (Committee Member, Summer 2009).

Hills, Crystal. “Wees Gonna Tell it Lik We Kno It Tu Be: Preservation of Gullah Culture in the Works of Julia Peterkin and Gloria Naylor.” MA Thesis, Department of English. (Committee Member, Fall 2008).

Smith, Roslyn Nicole. “Medias Res, Temporal Double-Consciousness and Resistance in Octavia Butler’s Kindred.” MA Thesis, Department of English (Committee  Member, Fall 2007).

 

Florida State University, Department of English (2003-2006)

Undergraduate Courses

Freshman Composition & Rhetoric I                               Writing, Reading & Research (1102)

Researching and Writing about Family History            Short Stories by Black Women Writers

Exploring the Conjuring Trope in 20th c. Afro-Am Lit

Writing Center Tutorials

 

University Service

Savannah State University

Guest, “WSSU ‘The Kick-back’ Student Radio Show.”  (Live Broadcast). Savannah State University, Savannah, GA. 15 April 2016.

Deep Faculty Fellow Interviewee, Savannah State University Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) “The Write Attitude” Radio Show Interview: “Deep @ SSU” with Deep Center, Inc.  4 March 2016. Savannah, GA.

Chair, Ad-Hoc English Program Revision Committee, Department of English, Language, & Cultures.  Savannah State University, Savannah, GA. (2016-17)

Member, 2016 Black Women & Politics Film Festival Planning Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Social Science, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA.

Faculty Panelist, “NPHC Week 2015: Know Culture, Know Black.”  Savannah State University National Pan-Hellenic Council.  2 November 2015.  Savannah, GA.

Faculty Interviewer, Savannah State University Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) “The Write Attitude” Radio Show Interview with Guest Lecturer Dr. Antonio D. Tillis. 28 Sept. 2015. Savannah, GA.

Guest Coach, Savannah State University Department of Athletics Guest Coach Program, SSU Women’s Volleyball v. Alabama State University. 21 Oct. 2015. Savannah, GA.

Member, English Instructor Search Committee, Department of English, Language, & Cultures, Savannah State University (Fall 2015).

Panelist, “Classroom Management for Students Today.” Faculty General Assembly. Savannah State University. August 4, 2015.  Savannah, GA.

Member, Hispanic Heritage Week Planning Committee.  Savannah State University (2015-16).

Faculty Member, Delegation to Cameroon.  International Education Center. Savannah State University. June 27-July 8, 2015. Buea, Bamenda, & Yaounde, Cameroon.

Moderator, Black Power Mixtape, 1967-75. Black Women & Politics Film Festival.  College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Savannah State University. April 22, 2015. Savannah, GA.

Planning Committee, Lorenzo Dow Turner Gullah Geechee Symposium. Savannah State University.  April 9, 2015. Savannah, GA.

Dramatic Reading, “Poetry In the Air: The Poetry of Nikki Giovanni.” Quality Enhancement Program Radio Show on  WHCJ 90.3 FM. Savannah State University.  Air date: Feb. 25, 2015.  Savannah, GA.

Panelist, “Conjuring the Folk: Black History, Literature, and Culture.” Black History Celebration Event. Department of English, Language, and Cultures Savannah State University.  Feb. 12, 2015.  Savannah, GA.

Co-Organizer, “National Council of Teachers of English: African-American Read-In.” Department of English, Language, & Cultures, Savannah State University.  Feb. 10, 2015.  Savannah, GA.

Panelist, “State of the Black Union: Roundtable Discussion.” Savannah State University Chapter of the NAACP. Feb. 9, 2015. Savannah, GA.

Faculty Interviewee, “Black Women & Eurocentric Standards of Beauty.” Student Radio Segment. Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.  Savannah State University. 18 Nov 2014.

Faculty Interviewee, “Black Women’s Representation in Film.” Student Radio Segment. Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.   Savannah State University.  21 Oct 2014.

Member, Black Women & Politics Film Festival Planning Committee.  College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Savannah State University (2014-2015).

Coordinator & Moderator, “Michael Brown, Police Brutality, & Changing the Image of Black Men in America: A Student-Centered Conversation.” College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Savannah State University. Aug. 25, 2014. Savannah, GA.

Member, University Conduct Review Board, Office of Student Conduct, Savannah State University (2014-present).

Dept. of English, Language, & Cultures Representative, Curriculum Committee, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Savannah State University (2014-1present).

Chair, Curriculum Committee, Department of English, Language, & Cultures. Savannah State University (2014-present).

Member, African American Literature Instructor Search Committee, Department of English, Language, & Cultures, Savannah State University (Spring 2014).

Respondent, Beloved (1998). Black Women’s Empowerment and Political Power Mini Film Festival. Savannah State University. April 23-24, 2014. Savannah, GA.

Co-Organizer, “National Council of Teachers of English: African-American Read-In.”  Department of Liberal Arts, Savannah State University. Feb. 27, 2014.  Savannah, GA.

Faculty Presenter, “Caroline’s Nightmare: Skeleton Key as Visual Echo of Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales.” Department of Liberal Arts Brown Bag Lunch Series.  Savannah State University.  Feb. 13, 2014. Savannah, GA.

Guest Lecturer, “Conjure Tales and the Conjure Tradition” for Dr. Chanté Martin’s “African American Oral Tradition” course. Savannah State University. Oct. 17, 2013. Savannah, GA.

Faculty Co-Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Savannah State University Chapter (2013-14)

 

University of Houston

“Our Authors Series: Book Reading and Discussion on Conjuring Moments in African American Literature.” University of Houston African American Studies Program.   Feb. 12, 2013. Houston, TX

Faculty Advisor, University of Houston Delegation (Eritrea), 10th Annual National Model African Union. Feb. 22-26, 2012. Washington, DC.

Faculty Sponsor, University of Houston Undergraduate Research Day 2011 (Courtney Wyatt).

 

Georgia State University

Co-Director, “Cultural Links: Healing, Ecology, & Heritage on the Sea Islands Student Conference.” Georgia State University Department of English. Sapelo Island, GA. March 11-13, 2011.

Member, University-Wide Scholarship Review Committee, Georgia State University (Spring 2011).

Member, Executive Committee, Georgia State University Department of English, (2010-2011).

Member, South Eastern Women’s Studies Association Conference (SEWSA) Proposal Approval Committee, Georgia State University Women’s Studies Institute, (2010-2011).

Faculty Participant, “The Global South in the Age of Obama.” Maintz-Atlanta-Beijing Tri-national Summer Seminar. July 3-18, 2010. Atlanta, GA.

Co-Moderator, “Undergraduate Master Class with Natasha Trethewey.” Georgia State University Department of English.  17 Feb. 2010. Atlanta, GA.

Faculty Participant, Georgia State University Strategic Planning Diversity Committee/Office for Underrepresented Faculty Research Focus Group. (Feb. 2010).

Advisory Board Member, Georgia State University Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (2009-2010).

Member, Executive Committee, Georgia State University Department of English (2009-10).

Co-Director, “Salt-Water Geechee Lexical Heritage Student Mini-Conference: Visiting a Source of American Heritage in Georgia.” Georgia State University Department of English. Sapelo Island, GA. March 6-7, 2009.

Member, Graduate Admissions and Review Committee, Georgia State University Department of English (2008-09).

Co-Director, 14th Annual Conversations among Partners in Learning Series: “Critical Approaches to Teaching African American Literature.” Georgia State University Department of English. March 15, 2008.

Member, Executive Committee, Georgia State University Department of English (2007-08).

Member, Research Enhancement Committee, Georgia State University Department of English (2007-08).

Member, Ad-Hoc Committee for Graduate Teaching Assistant Hearing, Georgia State University Dept. of English (Fall 2007).

Faculty Mentor, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Summer Research Institute, Georgia State University (Summer 2007).

Faculty Panelist, “The Job Interview.” Georgia State University Department of English Graduate English Association Professional Development Conference.  April 13, 2007.

Member, MA Exam Committee, Georgia State University Department of English (2006-07).

 

Florida State University

Member, English Graduate Student Projects Fundraiser Committee, Florida State University (2005-06).

Coordinator, “Investigating Intersections: Folklore, Literature & Legend.” Florida State University Department of English Literature Colloquium, October 13-14, 2005.

Panelist, “Responding to Student Writing.” Florida State University Department of English First Year Writing Program Teaching Assistant Summer Training.  July 13, 2005.

Representative, Advisory Council of English Students (ACES), Florida State University Dept. of English (2004-05).

ACES Representative, Faculty Literature Committee, Florida State University Dept. of English (2004-05).

Coordinator, “Popular Culture and the 20th Century.” Florida State University Department of English Graduate Student Colloquium, November 2004.

Panelist, “Dealing with Issues of Race in the Classroom.” Florida State University First Year Writing Program Teaching Assistant Summer Training.  July 26, 2004.

Panelist, “Teaching in a C.A.R.E. Classroom (Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement).” Florida State University First Year Writing Program Teaching Assistant Summer Training.  June 30, 2004.

 

Service to the Profession & Organizations

Peer Referee, South Atlantic Review, South Atlantic Modern Language Association (Clemson University)

Peer Reviewer, Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal (University of Miami)

Session Chair, Literary Criticism Discussion Circle (regular session). “Black Transnationalism & the Discourse(s) of Cultural Hybridity.”  South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Nov. 3-6, 2016. Jacksonville, FL.

Peer Referee, Thomas Riggs & Company/Cengage Learning, New York, NY. (Fall 2016).

Peer Referee, Verlag Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Berne, Switzerland. (Summer 2016).

Member, Awards Committee, College Language Association (2017-18).

Member, Editorial Advisory Board for College Language Association Journal (2014-present).

Member, Black Studies Committee, College Language Association (2015-2017).

Session Chair, Literary Criticism Discussion Circle (regular session). “Even Newer Directions for Black Feminist Criticism.”  South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Nov. 13-15, 2015.  Durham, NC.

Secretary, Langston Hughes Society Panel. South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention.  Nov. 13-15, 2015. Durham, NC.

Session Chair, CLA at SAMLA (Affiliated Organization session), “When ‘Knowledge is Obsolete’: Teaching African American Literature in the Clouds.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association 86th Convention. Nov. 9-11, 2014. Atlanta, GA.

Advisory Board Member, Black Diasporic Worlds: Origins and Evolutions from New World Slaving, a Lexington Press Book Series (Established 2014).

Member, Research Committee, College Language Association (2013-14).

Co-organizer, “’I’ve Known Rivers’: Water in the African Diasporic Literary Consciousness.” Modern Language Association Convention. 9-12 Jan. 2014. Chicago, IL. [with Folashade Alao, University of South Carolina].

Session Chair, Literary Criticism Discussion Circle (regular session), “Trans-disciplinary Orientations: Theory, Methodology, and Literature of the African Diaspora.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association 85th Convention. Nov. 8-10, 2013. Atlanta, GA.

Member, Membership Committee of the College Language Association (2012-13).

Session Chair, “Teaching Literature, I.” Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc.  Annual Conference.  Feb. 8-11, 2012.  Houston, TX.

Session Chair, African American Literature (Regular Session), South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference.  Nov. 9-12, 2012. Research Triangle, NC.

Session Secretary, African American Literature (Regular Session), South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Nov. 4-7, 2011. Atlanta, GA.

Panel Organizer and Moderator, “Women & Voodoo:  Sacred Spaces, Literary Aesthetics, and Ethnographic Musings.” National Council for Black Studies 34th Annual Conference.  March 17-20, 2010.  New Orleans, LA.

Panel Organizer and Panelist, Special Session “African American Women & Spirit Work.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention.  Nov. 6-8, 2009. Atlanta, GA.

Speaker and Dramatic Reader, “Charles W. Chesnutt U.S. Postage Stamp Unveiling and Celebration.” Charles W. Chesnutt Society.  11 Feb. 2008. Atlanta, GA.

Peer Referee, South Atlantic Review, South Atlantic Modern Language Association (2006).

Moderator, “Controversies and Issues in Africana Studies.” National Council for Black Studies 29th Annual Conference.  March 23-25, 2005.  New Orleans, LA.

 

Service to Community

Guest, Literary Nation Talk Radio with Patrick Oliver. Air date: 15 December 2016.

Guest, “On Second Thought.” Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio. Air date: 24 March 2016.  Savannah, GA. http://gpbnews.org/post/ostinsav-live-savannah-day-1?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gpbnews%2FSavannahRSS+%28Savannah+RSS%29.

Member, City of Savannah/SSU Black Male Achievement Initiative Team. (2015-16). Savannah, GA.

Guest Panelist, “Sister to Sister: A Professional Roundtable.” G.E.M.S. Program, Hinesville Alumnae Chapter. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  1 Nov. 2014. Hinesville, GA.

Moderator, “Beyond Diversity: Measuring Progress within Institutions Post Schuette v BAMN.” Georgia NAACP 72nd Annual State Convention & Civil Rights Conference.  Oct. 9-11, 2014.  Savannah, GA.

Writing Fellow, Deep Kids: Young Authors Project. The Deep Center, Inc. Savannah, GA (2014-15).

Invited Panelist, “Roundtable: Traditional Culture in the New Millennium.” Akwaaba Dance and Drum Festival. Houston Community College Northwest-Spring Branch.  22 Feb. 2013. Houston, TX.

Member, Women’s History Month Planning Committee, The African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library System. Houston, TX. (2012-13).

Judge, Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP) 16th Annual Ronald E. McNair Scholars Research Symposium. June 24-28, 2010.  Atlanta, GA.

Invited Lecturer, “’Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round’: African American Folklore as Resistance.” Albany Civil Rights Institute Corporate Lecture Series.  Oct. 13, 2008.  Albany, GA.

Invited Lecturer, “Writing about Family History.”  Tallahassee Genealogical Society Meeting.  Jan. 31, 2006. Tallahassee, FL.

 

Other Service

Interviewee, Personal Interview with Dr. Paul Leslie for Low Country Shamanism: An Exploration of the Magical and Healing Practices of the Coastal Carolinas and Georgia. Path Notes Press, 2014.  Interview: May 16, 2014.  Savannah, GA.

Consultant, for Creative Writer Sandra Havriluk on the African American Conjuring Tradition for novel in progress, The Secret of Elijah (Jan. 2010).

Guest Editor, Women Writers Special Issue: “Serving the Spirits: Women and Voodoo in Literature and Popular Culture” (Aug. 2008).

Panelist, “The Graduate School Experience.” Graduate Student Panel. UCLA Western Region McNair Scholars Symposium.  Jan. 2002.  Los Angeles, CA.

Guest Student Lecturer, “Walking with the Orisha.” Dr. Donald J. Cosentino’s Vodou and Santería Course. University of California Los Angeles. Fall 2001.

 

Professional Organizations
College Language Association (Life Member)

African American Historical and Genealogical Society

Modern Language Association

National Council for Black Studies

South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora

 

 

Citations of Scholarly Work:

Boson, Crystal Michelle. Digital Loa and Faith You Can Taste: Hoodoo in the American Imagination. Dissertation. University of Kansas. Dept. of American Studies (2014).

Brooks, Robin. “Manifestations of Ogun Symbolism in Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow.” Journal of Africana Religions 2.2 (2014): 161-183.

Fielder, Elizabeth Rodriguez. “4A ‘Litany Seeking a Text’.” Tropical Gothic in Literature and Culture: The Americas (2016):56.

Gifford, James, et al. “XVIIAmerican Literature: The Twentieth Century.” The Year’s Work in English Studies (2016): maw019.

Goméz, Rain P. Cranford. “Hachotakni Zydeco’s Round’a Loop Current: Indigenous, African, and Caribbean Mestizaje in Louisiana Literatures.” The Southern Literary Journal 46.2 (2014): 88-107.

Hardwig, Bill. “Searching for Today in the Past: Teaching Chesnutt to Multiple Student Audiences.” Studies in the Literary Imagination 43.2 (2010): 97.

Humann, Heather Duerre. Domestic Abuse in the Novels of African American Women: A Critical Study. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2014. (p.145, 148).

Joshi, S.T. Encyclopedia of the Vampire: The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2011. (p. 224).

Kim, Hyejin. “Gothic Storytelling and Resistance in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Conjure Woman.” Orbis Litterarum 69.5 (2014): 411-438.

Konkle, Amanda. “Conjuring Abolition in Old Hepsy.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 61.2 (2015): 298-329.

Kytle, Ethan J. Romantic Reformers and the Anti-Slavery Struggle in the Civil War Era. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2014.  (p. 194).

Lavender, Isiah. “Review of Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work, and Other Such Hoodoo by Kameelah L. Martin.” Callaloo Vol. 38.5, Fall 2015: (1183-85).

Leslie, Paul J.  Low Country Shamanism: An Exploration of the Magical and Healing Practices of the Coastal Carolinas and Georgia. ?: Path Notes Press, 2014.

Remse, Christian. Vodou and the US Counterculture. Diss. Bowling Green State University, 2013.

Šalamoun, Jiří. The Satire of Ishmael Reed: From Non-standard Sexuality to Argumentation. Diss. Masarykova univerzita, Filozofická fakulta, 2016.

Skoptsov, Mikhail. “Evoking History through Fantasy: Pirates of the Caribbean and The Myths of the Golden Age.” Bringing History to Life through Film: The Art of Cinematic Storytelling. Kathryn Ann Morey, Editor. New York: Roman & Littlefield, 2013. 183-202.

Shaffer, Donald M. “African American Folklore as Racial Project in Charles Chesnutt’s The Conjure Woman.” Western Journal of Black Studies. Winter 2012, Vol. 36 Issue 4: 325-336.

Stallings, L.J. “Review of Conjuring Moments in African American Literature by Kameelah L. Martin.” South Atlantic Review 79.3-4 (Nov. 2015):221-223.

Stevens, Shelley P. “Curiosity Seekers, Time Travelers, and Avant-Garde Artists: US American Literary and Artistic Responses to the Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934).” (2013).

Tinsley, Omise’eke Natasha, and Caitlin O’Neill. “Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Is Activism For African Americans, Women And LGBTQ.” Time.Com (2016): 33. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 Apr. 2016.

Witschi, Nicolas S. “Late-19th-Century Literature.” American Literary Scholarship 2013.1 (2013): 239-262.

Xiang, Xu. “Women & Voodoo: An Interview with Jewell Parker Rhodes.” The World Literature Criticism 1 (2010): 005. (Translation into Chinese).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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