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Zama Dube

Ph.D. Student, Cinema Media Studies

Third-year Ph.D. student Zama Dube is a voice-over artist, content producer and researcher. Drawing from her experiential knowledge as a media practitioner in the South African broadcasting industry, Dube’s research interests contribute to a legacy within Black visual cultures that have often been preoccupied with interrogating the politics of representation, notions of the spectacle and the possibility of a Black feminist gaze. Her current research examines subversive media practices of Black women media-makers in the African diaspora. Dube is also the inaugural fellow of the Marty Sklar Entertainment Innovation Fellowship (2021) where she will participate in major collaborative projects at UCLA REMAP that interweave the physical and digital worlds to share new kinds of stories and engage with the legacy and future of themed entertainment. Past honors include the Teshome Gabriel Memorial Award, the Irma Polaski Award, the Mariame Kaba Graduate Fellowship in Black Feminist Research, and membership in the UCLA chapter of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

Research Interests

Black popular culture, visual culture, Black feminisms, decolonial studies, queer diaspora studies


M.A., African Literature, The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
B.A., Law, Politics and African Literature, The University of the Witwatersrand

Selected Publications

“On Radical Black Grand-Mothering: uGogo and Intimate Forms of Knowledge Production,” UCLA Center for the Study of Women (2020).

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