Umayyah Cable, PhD


“What we must again see is this issue involving representation, an issue always lurking near the question of Palestine.”

-Edward Said, The Question of Palestine, 1979.



Umayyah Cable is an Assistant Professor of English at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. They have a BA in American studies from Smith College and a PhD in American studies & ethnicity from the University of Southern California, as well as a graduate certificate in visual studies from the USC Visual Studies Research Institute. Before joining Hartwick, Umayyah completed a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University in the programs of Asian American studies and Middle East and North African studies. Their research and teaching interests span the fields of ethnic studies, film and media studies, postcolonial studies, and queer theory, with a particular focus on the roles that art, film, and media play in the mobilization of Palestine solidarity activism in the United States.

At Northwestern, Umayyah taught courses in Arab American studies and film studies, including “Introduction to Arab American Studies,” “Arab American Arts and Cinema,” and “Film Festivals: Art and Activism in the Public Sphere.” At Hartwick, Umayyah teaches “Introduction to Media Studies,” “Postcolonial Literature and Culture,” and “Media Activism.” Umayyah also served on the Executive Board of the Arab American Studies Association from 2014 to 2017.