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Umayyah Cable

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Asian American Studies and MENA

Umayyah Cable earned a PhD in American Studies & Ethnicity and a certificate in Visual Studies from the University of Southern California in 2016 and is presently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American studies and Middle East & North African studies at Northwestern University. Their research and teaching interests span the fields of ethnic studies, film and media studies, and queer theory, with a particular focus on how marginalized or underrepresented identity-based and cause-based groups leverage film culture in order to foment social, cultural, or political change. They are currently conducting new research for a book manuscript based on their dissertation: Cinematic Activism: Film Festivals and the Exhibition of Palestinian Cultural Politics in the United States. 

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