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Matthew H Brown

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (2014) University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. (2008) University of Wisconsin-Madison
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.


Selected Publications

"Genre as Ideological Impulse: Reflections on Big Data and African Cultural Production," The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 4.3 (2017): 1–15.

“African Screen Media Studies: Immediacy, Modernization, and Informal Forms.” Black Camera 7:1 (2016) 140-158.

“The Threshold of New Political Communities: Some Notes on the History of Nollywood’s Epic Genre,” The Global South 7:1 (2013) 55-78.

With Nyasha Mboti, “‘Nollywood’s Unknowns’: An Introduction,” Journal of African Cinemas 6:1 (2014) 3-9.

“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.

Current Projects

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

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Courses Taught