Safiya U. Noble

Safiya U. Noble, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Safiya is an interdisciplinary scholar of race, gender and technology in the United States, with a particular focus on representation in digital media platforms. Her research and teaching interests include the political economy of the Internet; critical perspectives on Black women’s representation in technology systems; digital popular culture and the arts; the role of Black labor in technology production, manufacturing, consumption and disposal of information and communication technologies; and the role of digital technology in public life. Her current research, “Searching for Black Girls: Old Traditions in New Media” illumines how technology platforms represent gendered and racialized identities, which she has written about for the public press in Bitch Magazine: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Safiya regularly blogs on critical perspectives on digital technology culture from a Black feminist perspective and is actively involved in Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC). She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies and a Faculty Affiliate to the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, the Graduate School of Library & Information  Science and the Center for Writing Studies at the University  of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.