Carla Martin

About Carla

Carla D. Martin is a Postdoctoral College Fellow in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. A social anthropologist with interdisciplinary interests that include history, ethnomusicology, and linguistics, she received her Ph.D. in African and African American Studies from Harvard University in 2012. Her current research projects focus on language, music, and digital media in the former Portuguese colonies and the politics of cacao and chocolate in Africa and North America. She blogs about her research on chocolate, culture, and the politics of food at her website Bittersweet Notes.

Chocolate brownies are a classic American dessert. We frequently debate their finer points – fudgy, chewy, or cakey? Edge or middle? Dark or milk chocolate? Warm and fresh from the oven or cool to the touch? So beloved are brownies that, according to this 1985 commercial, some people are driven to extremes to get them.… MORE