Feng-Mei Heberer is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies. She joins NYU from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Global Studies and Languages. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California and holds an MA from the Free University Berlin. In addition, she studied film in France and China on fellowships from the German National Academic Foundation.
Her research broadly engages the fields of transnational media, ethnic, feminist, and queer studies to explore the intersections of media, race, capital and migration. Her current book project examines transnational video works on Asian migration from parts of Western Europe, East Asia, and North America. With a focus on the mediation of a post-Cold War neoliberal reordering of minority subject formations, this study seeks to critically rethink “Global Asias” through feminist and queer of color critique. Her next project continues to explore Asian transnational media cultures with emphasis on the entwined concepts of digital labor and racial capital. Other interests include documentary and nonfiction media, film festivals, and practices of self-recording.
Her writing has appeared among others in Sexualities and the edited volumes, Asian Video Cultures and The Autobiographical Turn in German Documentary and Experimental Film. Complementing her academic work, she has also been a film curator for several film festivals, including the Asian Film Festival Berlin.