Dr. Adilifu Nama is a Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
University of Southern California: Ph.D., Postgraduate Studies 2002
Areas of Expertise (9)
Black Representation in Film and Television
American Pop Culture
Best Reference/Primary Source Work in Popular Culture and American Culture from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (professional)
Race on the QT: Blackness and the Films of Quentin Tarantino (University Texas Press: 2015).
Winner of the American Book Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement, 2012 (professional)
Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes (University Texas Press, 2011)
Winner of the Peter C. Rollins Book Award for Best New Publication on Popular Culture, 2009 (professional)
Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film (University Texas Press, 2008).
Media Appearances (6)
Dissecting ‘Black Panther’ with the guy who literally wrote the book on black superheroes
Interview about film.
'Black Panther': The Movie, The Madness, The Movement --
INTERVIEW REGARDING BLACK PANTHER FILM.
Black Panther puts black lives on screen “The Current”
INTERVIEW REGARDING BLACK PANTHER FILM
Super Heroes Decoded: American Rebels, Television Series/Documentary
The History Channel tv
RACE AND COMICS IN AMERICA
“Marvel's Luke Cage and the cultural significance of a bulletproof black man”
NPR-KPCC 89.3 – Take Two radio
“Comic books come of age – the depiction of race in graphic novels” |
National Public Radio radio
Event Appearances (7)
“Afro-Futurism: Black to the Future!”
Comic-Con San Diego, CA
Invited Panelist, Afrofuturism
CLOAK AND DAGGER Conference (2014) Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society
Invited Panelist, Afrofuturism
San Diego Comic Fest San Diego, California (2014)
Series, a yearlong slate of programs, collectively entitled "Kapow! Who's Your Hero?" focused on themes of power, heroes and identity, as explored through the medium of superhero comics The Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI "SkypeTacular! (2014)
Invited Panelist, Black Masculinities in Comic Books
Comic-Con San Diego, California (2014)
Graduate seminar on Diversity and Representation in Comics and Sequential Art California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California (2014)
Invited Speaker, The Sun Ra Centennial: A Different Order of Being
Allendale Branch Library Event Pasadena, California (2014)
Staking Out a Blatino Borderlands (Book)Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal (2013)
“Staking Out a Blatino Borderlands” in Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal (Palgrave: 2013), Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama
Color Them BlackThe Superhero Reader (2013)
“Color Them Black” in The Superhero Reader (University of Mississippi Press: 2013). Eds. Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worchester
Brave Black Worlds: Black Superheroes as Science Fiction CiphersThe Black Imagination, Science Fiction and the Speculative (2010)
“Brave Black Worlds: Black Superheroes as Science Fiction Ciphers” in The Black Imagination, Science Fiction and the Speculative, Eds. Sandra Jackson, Julie Moody Freeman, (Routledge: December, 2010).
It was Signified: The GenesisBorn to Use Mics: Reading Nas’ Illmatic
“It was Signified: The Genesis” in Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’ Illmatic. Eds. Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzi (Basic Civitas: January, 2010).
Brave Black Worlds: Black Superheroes as Science Fiction CiphersAfrican Identities
Brave Black Worlds: Black Superheroes as Science Fiction Ciphers Peer reviewed journal: African Identities Published (May, 2009).
R is for Race, not Rocket: Black Representation in American Science Fiction CinemaQuarterly Review of Film and Video. Q.25.2 (2009)
R is for Race, not Rocket: Black Representation in American Science Fiction Cinema Peer reviewed journal: Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Q.25.2 Published (November, 2009).
More Symbol than Substance: African American Representation in Network TelevisionPeer reviewed journal: Race and Society
More Symbol than Substance: African American Representation in Network Television (2004) Peer reviewed journal: Race and Society p. 21-38 (6), 2004.
Codes of Race (Letter-to-the-Editor)The Los Angeles Times (2002)
Codes of Race (Letter-to-the-Editor) (12/29/02). Newspaper: The Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section.