A background in African area studies undergirds my research on African cultural production. I have written on commercial movies from Ghana and Nigeria (Nollywood); African literature, and African cinema. My current book project, tentatively titled African Energy Worlds: African Cinema of the Anthropocene, puts energy humanities scholarship in conversation with African film and media and aims to orient readers to methods of analysis centered on the materialities and infrastructures of energy. I am more and more interested in engaging with energy and environmental sciences to make a case for the significance of humanities scholarship in addressing the urgent crisis caused by catastrophic climate warming, the worst effects of which are lived by people in the global South.
- Ph.D. in English with certificate in Africana Studies, Michigan State University - (East Lansing, Michigan, United States) 2001
- M.A. in English, Michigan State University - (East Lansing, Michigan, United States) 1999
- B.A. in , University of Notre Dame - (Notre Dame, Indiana, United States) 1990
- Garritano, C. (2020). The Entrepreneurial Feminist Subject of New Screen Media from Ghana: Labor, Pleasure, and Power. South Central Review. 37(2-3), 4-15.
- Garritano, C. (2020). Waiting on the Past: African Uranium Futures in Arlit, Deuxième Paris. MFS - Modern Fiction Studies. 66(1), 122-140.
- Garritano, C. (2019). Living Precariously in the African Postcolony: Debt and Labor Relations in the Films of Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. JCMS Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. 58(2), 23-45.
- Garritano, C. (2019). Rosine Mbakam, director. The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman. 2016. 76 min. French and Bamiléké, with English subtitles. Cameroon and France. Icarus Films. $348.. AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW. 63(1), e40-e42.
- Anthony, A., Skadegård Thorsen, T. S., Christiansen, S. L., & Garritano, C. (2018). Reviews. Screen Bodies. 3(1), 109-120.
- Harrow, K. W., & Garritano, C. (2018). Introduction. A Companion to African Cinema. (pp. 1-20). John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
- Garritano, C. (2013). West African Video‐Movies and Their Transnational Imaginaries. A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism. (pp. 249-262). Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
- Garritano, C. (2013). 1: Mapping the Modern. African Video Movies and Global Desires. (pp. 24-60). Ohio University Press.
- Garritano, C. (2013). 2: Work, Women, and Worldly Wealth. African Video Movies and Global Desires. (pp. 61-90). Ohio University Press.
- Garritano, C. (2013). 3: Professional Movies and Their Global Aspirations. African Video Movies and Global Desires. (pp. 91-128). Ohio University Press.
- Garritano, C. (2000). Restaging the past: The rewriting of The Tale of the Beautiful Daughter by Abrahams, Tutuola, Ogali and Aidoo.. AFRICAN IMAGES: RECENT STUDIES AND TEXT IN CHINA. 8, 153-168.
- Arts & Humanities Fellow awarded by Texas A&M University - (College Station, Texas, United States) 2020 - 2023
- FLAS awarded by Michigan State University - (East Lansing, Michigan, United States) 1997 - 1999