Areas of Interest:
20th & 21st Century African-American Literature, Speculative Fiction, Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, Cyborg Theory, Comic Studies, and Media Studies.
B.A., English, University of Southern Mississippi
M.A., University of Notre Dame
Chamara Moore is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English, with graduate minors in Gender Studies and Screen Cultures. Her primary interests are oriented towards representations of Black womanhood in popular culture at large—particularly the misogynoir present in films, TV, and comics. Her research examines how speculative fiction writers like Nnedi Okorafor and Octavia Butler have created representations of Black women outside of the Eurocentric American imagination. Her work seeks to note the inventive ways in which Black artists like Janelle Monáe and Ava DuVernay have sought to empower women of color across various media platforms, and interrogate how this can be achieved in Superhero films historically dominated by white masculinity.
Recent Scholarly Activity
“Media Mulattos as the New Black: The Problem of Proximal Whiteness” English Graduate Research Symposium, Notre Dame, IN. April 2018.
“Sonic, Aquatic, Robotic: Black Embodiment in the Afrofuturist Imagination", Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada. March 2018.
“Mary Jane Saves Herself: The Superheroic Alternative to Racebent Love-Interests”, National Popular Culture Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN. March 2018.
“Academics Weigh in On Wonder Woman” Sequart Magazine. July 10 2017. http://sequart.org/magazine/66970/academics-weigh-in-on-wonder-woman/
“Swapping Heels for Capes: The Super Heroine Alternative to Racebent Love-Interests”. University of Florida Comics Conference Gainesville, FL. April 2017.
“Black Women in Capes: The Diversity Problem in Comic Book Screen Adaptations”. Intersectional Inquiries Conference. Notre Dame, IN. March 2017.
“OK Ladies Now Let’s Get Information: Reading Beyoncé’s Feminism”. Intersectional Inquiries Conference. Notre Dame, IN. March 2017.