Matthew H Brown
Ph.D., 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., 2008, University of Wisconsin
B.A., 2002, Truman State University
Office: 1468 Van Hise Hall
Phone: (608) 262-8983
Matthew H. Brown is a specialist of African screen media, with a focus on “Nollywood,” Nigeria’s video film industry. He also writes about television, literature, and popular music. His teaching includes courses on African screen media, African oral traditions, African literature, and melodrama in Africa.
"Genre as Ideological Impulse: Reflections on Big Data and African Cultural Production," The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 4.3 (2017): 1–15.
“Bringing the Rain Indoors: Rereading the National Allegory in Ousmane Sembene’s Xala.” Ousmane Sembène and the Politics of Culture. Eds. Lifongo Vetinde and Amadou Fofana. Lanham [MD]: Lexington Books, 2014. 67-83.
“Discourses of Language in Nigerian Popular Music: The Dialogic Imagination of Lágbájá.” African Creative Expressions: Mother Tongues and Other Tongues. Ed. Akintunde Akinyemi. Bayreuth and Trenton: Bayreuth African Studies no. 89 and Africa World Press, 2011. 224-242.
Book project, tentatively titled Indirect Subjects: Nollywood's Local Address
Co-founder and organizer, Mellon Workshop on New Media and Mass/Popular Culture in the Global South
Department Research Reports