Kam Copeland

Advisor: Christine Acham
Email: kcopelan@usc.edu

KAM COPELAND is a PhD Student in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. His primary research interests use Black studies, Islamic studies, history, and film theory to study and theorize the intersections of Islam and Blackness in media and popular culture. Kam is also interested in how street organizations have used participatory media, such as home video, as a form of Black radical filmmaking to (re)write their histories in a fashion that actively resists dominant subjugating narratives. He has authored over a dozen articles and reviews in numerous publications including Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; Journal of Religion and Film; Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal; Contemporary Islam; and several other outlets.

Fields: Visualizing the Black Radical Tradition; Representing Islam, Muslims, and Islamophobia in the West; Islam in West Africa and the African Diaspora; Black Men and Masculinities in Media and Popular Culture

COMMITTEE: Todd Boyd, Sherman A. Jackson, Evelyn Alsultany, Alaina Morgan