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 Media Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. 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. 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. Their research has been supported through fellowships at Northwestern University and Harvard University.

Umayyah has taught a range of courses in film and media studies, Arab American studies, and postcolonial studies, including “Introduction to Arab American Studies,” “Arab American Arts and Cinema,” “Film Festivals: Art and Activism in the Public Sphere,” “Introduction to Media Studies,” “Postcolonial Literature and Culture,” Media Institutions and Forms,” and “Media Activism.” Umayyah also served on the Executive Board of the Arab American Studies Association from 2014 to 2017.