Marlaina H. Martin received her Ph.D. from the Cultural Anthropology Program at Rutgers University in May 2019. During her time there, Martin was a recipient of a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation as well as a Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Award and University & Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowship from Rutgers University. Her research interests include critical race theory, colorblindness, and post-racialism; feminist and Black feminist theory; women's, gender, and sexuality studies; body and embodiment studies; cultural studies and media production studies; and anthropologies of race, gender, and media. Her dissertation, “’Making Their Own’: Creativity, Strategy, and Authority among Black Women Media Makers in New York City,” explores the numerous negotiations, decisions, and compromises that New York City-based Black women independent media makers–as members of a doubly marginalized U.S. social group–navigate in order to cultivate and exercise authority in production and distribution contexts. Currently, she holds the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Visual Culture developed in collaboration between the Department of Anthropology at University of Maryland, College Park and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.