Welcome to my site. I’m an assistant professor in the English Department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. You can visit my official Westmont page here. I have a PhD from the Department of African Languages and Literature (now the Department of African Cultural Studies) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. My research focus is on Hausa-language literature, film, and popular culture, although I am interested in African and postcolonial cultural studies more broadly. I have published in Black Camera, the Journal of African Cinemas, the Journal of African Media Studies, The Global South, Chimurenga Chronic, and the books Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship Around the World; Facts, Fiction and African Creative Imaginations, among others (which Google Scholar sometimes keeps up with better than I do on this blog). From 2010 to 2014, I wrote a weekly column in the Saturday paper of the Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust and have written widely for other popular publications, including some translations from Hausa to English.
I did dissertation research on Hausa films in Kano, Nigeria, where I also co-coordinated the Hausa Home Video Resource Centre in the Department of Mass Communications at Bayero University from 2008 to 2011, and from 2015-2016, I taught in the Film Unit of the School of Visual and Performing Arts and the Department of English at Kwara State University, Malete.
To read my blog, which I have maintained since 2009, to read my academic writing page or other publications, or to find out about my classes (including this student blog I created for my classes at Westmont), visit the associated links here or in the header tab. To see some of my photographs, visit my Flickr site or browse through my blog. I have also been interviewed by journalists on my research. You can find a selection of such media here, including a fun meta podcast on blogging I did with the photography blogger Ade Torrent.
Although I use some of my academic research in this site, it is a personal project, related to my ventures into freelance journalism and creative writing, and should not be taken in any way as representative of Westmont College, Kwara State University, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, or Bayero University. Please note that those I interview on this blog (or those who comment) are expressing their own opinions and perspectives and not necessarily my own. I welcome comments and links to my blog; however, please do not repost anything from this blog without my permission. I also request the courtesy of letting me know when my blog is quoted for another publication. Thank you.
If you need to contact me, please email me at cmccain [at] westmont.edu or carmenmccain [at] yahoo.com.