FIMS Profile

Dr. Nataleah Hunter-Young
Assistant Professor

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4021
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
  • About Me

MSW (Toronto Metropolitan University), PhD Communication and Culture (York University and Toronto Metropolitan University)

Dr. Nataleah Hunter-Young (she/they) is a writer, film curator, and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University. At the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), she is International Programmer responsible for feature selections from Africa and Arab West Asia. Dr. Hunter-Young has supported festival programming at TIFF since 2017, as well as programming for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. Her research interests span the fields of Black Studies, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies, focusing particularly on Black cultural production, political economy, media industry studies, research-creation, integrated arts and creative practice. Dr. Hunter-Young was consulting producer on the Criterion Collection’s 10th anniversary disk release of Dee Rees’ landmark film Pariah (2011) in 2021, and her writing has appeared in the Journal of Visual Culture, Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, Criterion Channel, Public: Art | Culture | Ideas, The Conversation, Xtra, and Canadian Art, among other publications. Born and raised in Toronto, Dr. Hunter-Young holds a joint Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Toronto Metropolitan University.

Recent Publications:

"Poetry from Endless Futures." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 61 (2022). [Open Access]

Recent Conversations:

... with Professor Lauren McLeod Cramer on "Black Popular Culture" for the Black Studies Podcast (2022)

... with TIFF '21 filmmakers on Africa's Cinema Industries from Development to Distribution (2021)

photo credit: George Pimentel