Zizi Li

Zizi Li

Ph.D. student

Zizi Li’s work revolves around layered oppressions of race, gender, class, sexuality and geography. Her ongoing dissertation project, “Influencer Ecosystem: Labor and Infrastructure of and beyond Digital Platforms, 2010-Present,” brings media industries and critical infrastructures together to unpack the co-constitution of global media networks and commodity chains. Her other projects center intersectional and transnational BIPOC feminist and decolonial praxis, featuring media makers such as Chicago-based Black lesbian scholar-filmmaker Yvonne Welbon, L.A.-based Diné media documentarian Pamela J. Peters, and Beijing-based Tibetan writer-filmmaker Pema Tseden. Li also shares an interest in transnational media production and circulation, Sinophone mediasphere, critical geography and media/space. She pays particular attention to entangled colonialisms, transnational solidarity praxis, and abolitionist and decolonial care.

Research Interests

Critical digital studies; labor and infrastructures; feminist media theory/praxis; decolonial methods; critical geography and media/space


M.A., Film, Television and Digital Media, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 2018
B.A., Cinema and Media Studies, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., 2017
B.A., Political Science, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., 2017

Selected Publications

“Women Directors on the Edge of Hollywood: Agnès Varda/Shirley Clarke in and beyond Lions Love (1969).” In The Sustainable Legacy of Agnès Varda: Feminist Practice and Pedagogy in Cinema and Visual Arts, edited by Colleen Kennedy-Karpat and Feride Çiçekoğlu. Bloomsbury (forthcoming).

“7 Things You Should Know About Miquela @lilmiquela.” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, no. 21 (2019). doi:10.20415/hyp/021.e03