Selina Mudavanhu
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies & Multimedia

Selina Mudavanhu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University. She holds a PhD in Media Studies from the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. Selina’s research interests are in critical media studies, critical race studies, decolonial studies, (social) media and the politics of representation and framing, media audiences and digital storytelling. Her current research focuses on understanding the ways those with power constitute meanings around race and other intersecting identities in mainstream media and social media texts. A large portion of this research examines the likely implications of the dominant constructions on the lives of ordinary people. Selina’s research also prioritizes the voices of the ‘subaltern.’ Selina is interested in the manner ordinary people speak back to power, articulate their experiences and create alternative meanings on social media platforms and through methodologies such as digital storytelling.

In the past, Selina’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals like Gender and Development, Social Dynamics, African Journalism Studies, Journal of African Media Studies, African Identities and Feminist Africa. Her previous research has included decolonial analyses of representations on social media of the #RhodesMustFall student activists at the University of Cape Town as well as ‘positive’ constructions of African migrants by South African citizens. Selina has also published on the ways the state media in Zimbabwe mediated the political and economic crises in that country in the post-2000 era. A part of this research explored the manner political legitimacy and illegitimacy were constituted.
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