Zizi Li is an educator and researcher of media studies and digital cultures, with a special attention to (im)material labor and infrastructure via the study of influencer media. She inquires the relationships between media and extraction concerning the layered extraction of natural / human resources and racialized / gendered labor required by the operation of digital economy.

Currently Zizi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her dissertation on influencer ecosystem uses fashion/lifestyle influencers and related vernacular social media genre / content (such as closet declutter and unboxing videos) to elucidate the connections between digital/media industries and commodity chains/networks.

Zizi is trained in film studies, cultural studies, critical digital studies, feminist media studies / praxis, and transnational media. Her research and pedagogy are committed to the unpacking of entangled colonialisms as well as the building of transnational solidarity praxis and abolitionist decolonial care.

Other Publications

Internet / Magazine Articles

  • “Imma with her Im/material Boxes.” Flow: A Critical Forum on Media and Culture 29.1 (2022)

  • “UCLA電影與電視資料館館長May Hong HaDuong訪談/An Interview with Director of UCLA Film & TV Archive May Hong HaDuong.”《Fa 電影欣賞 》192期 / Film Appreciation 192 (October 2022) – Interview co-conducted with Kun-Xian Shen and Klavier Wong

  • “7 Things You Should Know About Miquela @lilmiquela.” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, no. 21 (2019) doi:10.20415/hyp/021.e03

Book Reviews

  • Micro Media Industries: Hmong American Media Innovation in the Diaspora (Review).” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 62.1 (2022)

  • “The Process Genre: Cinema And The Aesthetics Of Labor By Salomé Aguilera Skivirky (Review).” Moving Image, no. 20 (2020)

Undergraduate Publications

  • “The ‘Celeb’ series: A close analysis of audio-visual elements in 2008 US Presidential Campaign Ads.” Undergraduate Journal of Humanistic Studies 4, no. 1 (2017)

Blog Posts

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