Zana Sanders is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersections of Black studies, film, and media studies. She earned a B.A. in Film and Media and M.A. in African American Studies from Georgia State University. Currently, Zana is a Berkeley Fellow and doctoral student in the department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores the visual representation of (anti)Blackness across the diaspora in film, digital media, news, art and popular culture.
Broadly, Zana’s research interests include performances of race, gender, and sexuality in media and popular culture, Black visuality and Black gaze, Black radical thought, memory and materiality, the historical narratives and legacies of Black movements and the visual cultures of Black resistance they produced. Specifically, she is interested in the political aesthetics and poetics of Black resistance that emerge within Black liberation struggles and the ways Black artists, cultural workers, and their audiences engage in practices of imaging, remembering, and imagining Black freedom struggles as part of a liberatory praxis.