Alfred Martin

University of Iowa



Alfred L. Martin Jr. is a media and cultural studies scholar whose work is concerned with the complex interplay between media industry studies and audience/fandom studies as related to

media studies, critical black studies, sexuality and gender studies.


Martin’s book, The Generic Closet: Black Gayness and the Black-Cast Sitcom will be published in April 2021 by Indiana University Press. Martin has published articles in scholarly journals including International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Communication, Culture & Critique, Feminist Media Studies, Popular Communication, and Television and New Media. Martin is currently a Board Member At-Large for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and serves on the editorial boards of Film Criticism, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture


Martin is currently working on a book about blackness and fandom studies and a co-authored monograph on the documentary Tongues Untied (under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press).

Find his publications at local bookstores.

Read some recent articles by Martin:

"Getting Misty-Eyed: Misty Copeland and the Representational Politics of Black Fandoms" / Flow Journal

"The Contours of Black Fandom" / Iowa Public Radio

"Episode 6: Alfred L. Martin" / It's a Thing Podcast

"Pose(r): Ryan Murphy, Trans and Queer of Color Labor, and the Politics of Representation" / Los Angeles Review of Books