Navigate Up
Sign In
A-Z Index
Home > Academics > Divisions > Arts and Humanities > Media Studies
Media Studies

Noah Tsika

Noah Tsika

Assistant Professor

Noah Tsika holds a BA in Film & Media Studies from Dartmouth College, and an MA and PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He previously taught in the Film Studies Program at CUNY's John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and in the Film & Media Studies, Africana & Latin American Studies, and LGBTQ Studies programs at Colgate University, where he curated African and LGBTQ film festivals and was the recipient of a Torch Medal for teaching and service. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, and he has served on the jury of the NYC PictureStart Film Festival.

Tsika is the author of Gods and Monsters: A Queer Film Classic, one of the inaugural titles in a queer-themed book series edited by Matthew Hays and Thomas Waugh. Tsika's book provides a production history and close textual analysis of Bill Condon's Oscar-winning 1998 film Gods and Monsters. A fictionalized biopic, Gods and Monsters explores the life and career of gay-identified director James Whale, an Englishman whose Hollywood credits include Frankenstein (1931), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Show Boat (1936). Tsika's book examines the epistemology of queer authorship, the permutations of global queer biopics, and the affective dimensions of queer spectatorships.

Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora
Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora (Indiana University Press, 2015)

Tsika's research is multimodal, transmedial, and transnational in scope, and it addresses the politics and aesthetics of racial, sexual, and gendered representations in the United States and West Africa. He has conducted multiple reception studies in Senegal, France, and throughout North America, tracking audience responses to films as diverse as Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005), Jénífà (Muhydeen S. Ayinde, 2008) and Kajola (Niyi Akinmolayan, 2010). His book Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora (Indiana University Press, 2015) examines the global development of Nollywood's star system. He is currently at work on multiple book projects: an archaeological approach to gay-identified online reception practices (particularly those that circumscribe contemporary queer cinema through corporatized means); an adaptation of his PhD dissertation on American military documentaries produced during World War II (particularly those that address sexuality, as well as racial and gender integration); a study of representations of terrorism in African screen media; and an examination of the Cold War, corporate citizenship, and documentary cinema in West Africa, especially Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Gambia.

Selected publications:

Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora. Indiana University Press. 2015.

"From Yorùbá to YouTube: Studying Nollywood's Star System." Black Camera 5.2 (2014): 95 – 115.

"Soft Power Cinema: Corporate Sponsorship, Visual Pedagogy, and the Cultural Cold War in West Africa." The Velvet Light Trap 73.1 (2014): 51 – 65.

Gods and Monsters: A Queer Film Classic
Gods and Monsters: A Queer Film Classic (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009)

"Projected Nigerias: Kajola and Its Contexts." Paradoxa 25 (2013): 93 – 118.

"'One Dies, the Other Doesn't': Brokeback and the Blogosphere." The Brokeback Book. Ed. William R. Handley. University of Nebraska Press. 2011. 205 – 228.

Gods and Monsters: A Queer Film Classic. Arsenal Pulp Press. 2009.


 Office Information

Chair: Richard Maxwell
Dept. Office: G Building 100
Phone: 718-997-2950


 Related Links


Queens College, CUNY| 65-30 Kissena Blvd.| Queens, NY 11367-1597| Phone: (718) 997-5000 Copyright © 2004-
Queens College is CUNY