Courtney R. Baker, Ph.D.

Writing (hover for links)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Framing Black Performance: Selma and the Poetics of Representation.” Camera Obscura 35.2. Forthcoming Fall 2020.

“Elements of Post-Katrina African-American Documentary Film.” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 59.3. Forthcoming Fall 2020.

“I Am Not Your Negro’s Queer Poetics of Identity and Omission.” I Am Not Your Negro. Eds. Jaimie Baron and Kristen Fuhs. Docalogue book series. Routledge Press. June 2020.

“Movin’ on Up—and Out: Redrawing the Boundaries of Black Representation in 1970s Visual Culture.” Black Cultural Production after Civil Rights. Ed. Robert J. Patterson. University of Illinois Press. September 2019.

“The Grift of Death: The Ethics of Murder Narratives.” Parallax. 22.1 (2016). 51–65.

“Emmett Till, Justice, and the Task of Recognition.” Journal of American Culture29.2 (2006). 111–24.

Popular Essays and Digital Humanities

“Operation Catsuit performance #1 by Ayana Evans,” Black One Shot, The Association for the Study of Arts of the Present Journal (ASAP/J): The Open Access Platform of ASAP/Journal. July 2, 2020.

“The Loud Silence of Monuments,” Dilettante Army. April 22, 2019. 

“Authors on Issues: Courtney Baker on Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America,’” University of Illinois Press Blog. May 30, 2018.

“Cinema Notes/American Letters.” (co-author) The Association for the Study of Arts of the PresentJournal (ASAP/J): The Open Access Platform of ASAP/Journal. June 22, 2017. 

“The E-Snuff of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.” Avidly: A Los Angeles Review of Books channel. July 8, 2016.

“Sandra Bland’s Face.” Avidly: A Los Angeles Review of Books channel. August 9, 2015.

“Oak Creek Blues.” NewBlackMan (in Exile). August 8, 2012. 

“Project iPad.” NewBlackMan (in Exile). July 22, 2012.

Book Reviews

“Queer Times, Black Futures by Kara Keeling.” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 59.3. Anticipated Fall 2020.

“Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film by Michael Boyce Gillespie.” Cinema Journal 57.4 (Summer 2018): 158–60.

“Cinema Civil Rights by Ellen C. Scott.” African American Review 49.3 (Fall 2016): 289–91.

Black Feminism in Contemporary Drama, Harlem Crossroads,and Telling Narratives.American Literature 80.4 (2008): 845–47.

Art Reviews

“Carrie Olson: New York [Art review].” Art Papers 34.3 (May/June 2010): 57–8.

“A Historic Occasion: Artists Making History: North Adams, MA [Exhibit].” Art Papers 31.2 (March/April 2007): 68–9.

“Trevor Paglen: New York [Art review].” Art Papers 31.2 (March/April) 2007. 67.

“Energy/Experimentation [Art review].” Art Papers 30.5 (September/October) 2006. 61–2.

“Island Thresholds, Contemporary Art from the Caribbean: Peabody Essex Museum: Salem, MA. [Art review].”Art Papers 29.5 (September/October) 2005. 49–50.

 “Shooting the Angel in the House: Studio Visit with Corinne May Botz.” Art Papers 29.3 (May/June) 2005. 14–16.

Children’s Books

Scholastic First Biographies: Rosa Parks. New York: Cartwheel Books/Scholastic Inc., 2004.

The Perfect Pet.New York: Cartwheel Books/Scholastic Inc., 2003.

Surprise! Snow Day!New York: Cartwheel Books/Scholastic Inc., 2003.

Scholastic First Biographies: Martin Luther King Jr.Cartwheel Books/Scholastic Inc., 2001.