Noah Tsika



Noah Tsika is a film historian whose work explores the links between moving images and state power in West Africa and North America. His research has addressed, among other topics, the entwinement of film (including nontheatrical film) and public institutions and government agencies (such as state and local police departments, the armed services, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs). As an Africanist, he has studied the history of colonial documentary in Nigeria and Senegal, among other countries; the politics and economics of Nollywood’s star system; and the representational, infrastructural, and corporate relationships between Hollywood and Nollywood. He is the author of several books, including Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora (a Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2015); Traumatic Imprints: Cinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War (a finalist for the Richard Wall Memorial Award from the Theatre Library Association); Screening the Police: Film and Law Enforcement in the United States; and Cinematic Independence: Constructing the Big Screen in Nigeria. His writings appear in journals including African Studies ReviewBlack CameraJournal of African Cultural StudiesPorn Studies, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. He is a former contributing editor of Africa Is a Country. He is currently working on a book on cinema and the concept of endless war and another on the relationship between moving images and Africa’s natural resources.
A.B. Dartmouth College 
M.A. New York University
Ph.D. New York University 
Noah Tsika