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Umayyah Cable

Assistant Professor of Media Studies

Umayyah Cable is Assistant Professor of Media Studies with interdisciplinary research and teaching specializations spanning the fields of race and ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, and queer studies. 

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They are currently completing a book manuscript on Arab American media activism and the mobilization of Palestine solidarity politics in the US. The project chronicles forty years of Arab American media activism on Palestine and how various controversies that surrounded that activism worked to increase awareness about Palestine while forging solidarities across marginalized groups. From the production of educational film strips, public television broadcasting, and narrative and documentary film-making, to film festival organizing and participation in Hollywood awards shows, Arab and Arab American activists and their allies have leveraged media production and distribution to resist stereotypes, produce knowledge about Palestine for general audiences, and cultivate solidarities across lines of race, ethnicity, and sexuality.

Representative Courses

Media Institutions and Forms

Media Activism


2020. “An Uprising at The Perfect Moment: Palestine in the 1990s Culture Wars.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 26 (2).

2018. “Pamela E. Pennock: The Rise of the Arab American Left: Activists, Allies, and their Fight against Imperialism and Racism, 1960s-1980s (Book Review).” Canadian Journal of History, 53 (2): 324-326.

2013. “New Wave Arab American Studies: Ethnic Studies and the Critical Turn.” American Quarterly, 65 (1): 231-243.

2011. “Susan J. Douglas: Enlightened Sexism (Book Review).” International Journal of Communication, 5.