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Catherine A. John

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Catherine A. John

Catherine A. John

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1997

Catherine John Camara's research and teaching is focused on the connections between the Afro-Caribbean and African-American literary and cultural traditions. Her current book-in-progress is entitled Afro-indigenization: Internal Power as Cultural Practice. Her most recently published essays are, “Pedagogical Poetics and Curricular Design in the Interracial Classroom: A Black Female Perspective,” in Curriculum at the Crossroads: Women of Color Resist and Reflect, (2018) and “Blackness Through a Dual Lens: A Caribbean Journey into the African American Experience” in Public: A Journal of Imagining America, (2016). She regularly teaches "Hip Hop as Poetry, Literature, and Cultural Expression," "Introduction to Black U.S. Literature," as well as course on Black cinema, Caribbean Literature, African Diaspora literature and culture, and American literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is affiliated with both the African and African-American Studies and the Film and Media Studies Departments here at the University of Oklahoma. She is currently Faculty-in-Residence at Adams Center at OU as well as one of the pioneers of the Jamaica Summer Study Abroad Experience.

Office: Cate 2, Room 326

Research and Teaching Interests:
African Diaspora Literature and Culture with an emphasis on African American and Afro-Caribbean crossings; Francophone Caribbean Literature; Hip Hop Pedagogy; Black Independent Cinema; Blackness and Gender.

Clear Word and Third Sight: Folk Groundings and Diasporic Consciousness in African-Caribbean Writing (Duke University Press, 2003 and The University Press of the West Indies, 2004)