Dr. Kameelah Martin

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English, Languages and Cultures
Discipline: Africana Studies
Office: Payne Hall Rm. 143
Phone: 912.358.3314
Fax: 912.358.3842
Email: martink@savannahstate.edu

Biography

Kameelah Martin was raised in a military family and has lived in all over the United States. She even lived in Okinawa, Japan for three years. She completed high school in Albany, Georgia then entered Georgia Southern University as a first generation college student. There she earned a coveted spot in the inaugural class of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Dr. Martin is a member of the College Language Association, Modern Language Association, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) and the African American Historical and Genealogical Society. She is an Editorial Advisory Board Member of the College Language Association Journal and has published articles in Studies in the Literary Imagination, Black Women, Gender, & Families, as well as the African American National Biography. Dr. Martin has been a NEH Summer Scholar and a Writing Fellow with the DEEP Young Author’s Project. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the mother of a rambunctious son, Isaiah. She has held faculty positions at Georgia State University and the University of Houston before coming to SSU. Dr. Martin aspires to become a certified genealogist in the near future.

Research Interests

Black Atlantic/African spirituality, the conjure woman as cultural icon, Gullah Geechee heritage, black women in cinema, and African American genealogy.

Education

PhD, African American Literature & Folklore - Florida State University
MA, Afro-American Studies - University of California, Los Angeles

Awards & Honors

Name: 40 under 40 Alumni Award
Organization: Georgia Southern University Alumni Association
Date: 9/26/2014


Name: Summer Scholar
Organization: National Endowment for the Humanities
Date: 7/1/2012


Name: Visiting Scholar
Organization: University of Houston Center for the Study of African American Culture
Date: 9/1/2011


Name: Cutting-Edge Gender Research Grant
Organization: National Council for Black Studies
Date: 6/1/2009


Name: Research Initiation Grant
Organization: Georgia State University
Date: 4/1/2007


Name: J. Russell Reaver Award for Outstanding Dissertation in American Literature or Folklore
Organization: Florida State University Department of English
Date: 8/1/2006

Publications

Title: Conjuring Up an Image: The African American Healing Woman in the Films of Julie Dash & Kasi Lemmons
Publication Date: 9/1/2013
Publisher: Race, "Gender, & Identity." Africana Studies: A Social Science Comparative Analysis of Africana Culture
Volume: 5
Issue: Sept 2013
Page Number: 7-18
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Kameelah Laneice-Ali Martin,

Title: Rethinking Ishmael Reed: Neo-Hoodoo Womanist Text?
Publication Date: 5/1/2013
Publisher: On the Aesthetic Legacy of Ishmael Reed: Contemporary Reassessments
Page Number: 108-128
Type: Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
Authors: Kameelah Laneice-Ali Martin,

Title: Hoodoo Ladies and High Conjurers: New Directions for an Old Archetype.
Publication Date: 4/1/2013
Publisher: Literary Expressions of African Spirituality
Page Number: 119-144
Type: Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
Authors: Kameelah Laneice-Ali Martin,

Title: Conjuring Moments in African American Literature; Women, Spirit Work, & Other Such Hoodoo
Publication Date: 1/1/2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Press
Page Number: 198
Type: Monograph
Authors: Kameelah Laneice-Ali Martin,

Title: Review of Tipping on a Tightrope: Divas in African American Literature by Aisha Damali Lockridge.
Publication Date: 6/1/2012
Publisher: College Language Association Journal
Volume: 55
Issue: 4
Page Number: 392-396
Type: Book Review
Authors: Kameelah Laneice-Ali Martin,

Title: Disney's Tia Dalma: A Critical Interrogation of the 'Imagineered' Priestess.
Publication Date: 4/1/2012
Publisher: Black Women, Gender, and Families
Volume: 6
Issue: 1 (Spring 2012)
Page Number: 97-122
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Kameelah Laneice-Ali Martin,

Title: Charles W. Chesnutt and the Legacy of The Conjure Woman.
Publication Date: 10/1/2010
Publisher: Charles Waddell Chesnutt: Placing a Stamp on America. Special Issue of Studies in the Literary Imagination.
Volume: 43.2
Issue: Fall 2010
Page Number: 15-30
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Kameelah Laneice-Ali Martin,

Title: Women & Voodoo; A Conversation with Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Publication Date: 8/1/2008
Publisher: Serving the Spirits: Women & Voodoo in Literature and Popular Culture
Type: Other
Authors: Kameelah Laneice-Ali Martin,

Title: Introduction to the Special Issue.
Publication Date: 8/1/2008
Publisher: Serving the Spirits: Women & Voodoo in Literature and Popular Culture
Type: Other
Authors: Kameelah Laneice-Ali Martin,