Alfred L. Martin Jr.'s current book project, The Queer Politics of Black-Cast Sitcoms (Indiana University Press, forthcoming) argues that the black-cast sitcom is an explicit genre, and therefore its engagement with black gayness does not resemble any other contemporary genre. By examining audience reception, industrial production practices, and authorship, the project argues that representations of black gay characters are trapped into particular narrative tropes.
Martin has published articles in scholarly journals including Communication, Culture & Critique, Feminist Media Studies, Popular Communication, and Television and New Media. Martin is currently the Co-Chair of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Television Studies Scholarly Interest Group. Martin serves on the editorial board of Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture.
Martin is currently working on essays about black audiences and the film Black Panther, and the black ballerina Misty Copeland and the contours of black fandoms. Martin is also co-editing an edited collection on The Golden Girls tentatively titled Thank You for Being A Friend: The Cultural Phenomenon of The Golden Girls.