I am a researcher of race and media with a particular focus on the cultural industries and issues of ‘diversity’. After completing my PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, I worked in the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds, firstly as an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, then as a Lecturer in Communications. I have held visiting fellowships at MIT and Trinity College, Connecticut. I joined Goldsmiths in 2014.
My first book Race and the Cultural Industries (Polity) was published in 2018. In 2019 I received an AHRC Leadership Fellow grant for a project entitled ‘Rethinking Diversity in Publishing’, which led to a report of the same name published by Goldsmiths Press in June 2020. My research has featured across a range of media, including BBC Radio, The Guardian, TES and The New Statesman. I was included in the The Bookseller’s 2020 list of most influential people in the book trade. My latest book Race, Culture and Media, was published by Sage in 2021.
- PhD Sociology - Goldsmiths, University of London 2009
- MA Social Research Methods - Goldsmiths, University of London 2005
Teaching and Supervision
I am the co-convenor of MA Race, Media and Social Justice.
I currently teach the module Race and the Cultural Industries (PG)
I am interested in supervising any students with a broad interest in race and media, particularly in relation to issues of cultural production and cultural industries.
My research interests are in race and the media, with a particular focus on cultural production and the cultural industries. I explore these issues through a critical cultural lens, including cultural studies and political economy perspectives.
My PhD was an ethnographic study of British South Asian cultural production in three cultural industries: publishing, television and theatre. I have also studied British Asians making music.
Since then I have developed my research into issues of diversity in media more broadly. This includes an AHRC-funded in-depth study of the publishing industry, involving over 110 interviews with people across the publishing industry.
More recently I have also worked with the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity on a project that looked at the crises of 2020 and impact of the pandemic and #BlackLivesMatter on black, brown and Asian people trying to gain entry into creative and cultural industries.
My recent research has also explored the issue of digital cultural production and I have worked on a project funded by the ESRC Digit Innovation Fund that explores how ‘Creators of Colour’ negotiate and contend with racism online.
As well as my two books my work has been published in journals including Media, Culture and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Ethnicities. With David Hesmondhalgh (2013) I co-edited a special issue of Popular Communication on race and ethnicity in cultural production, and with Dave O’Brien, Kim Allen and Sam Friedman (2017) I co-edited a special issue of Cultural Sociology on inequalities in the cultural industries. More recently I have edited a special issue of Culture, Communication and Critique (2020) with Eve Ng and Khadijah White on #CommunicationSoWhite.
I was Chair of the Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division of the International Communication Association between 2017-2019.
In 2019 I became an editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies.
Nwonka, C and Saha, Anamik
Paterson, Chris; Lee, David; Saha, Anamik
Ng, Eve; White, Khadijah and Saha, Anamik
Ng, Eve; White, Khadijah and Saha, Anamik
Chow, Yiu Fai and Saha, Anamik
Watson, Sophie and Saha, Anamik
Hesmondhalgh, David and Saha, Anamik
Further profile content
Race, Media and Culture
A book that provides an overview of research into race and media through the lens of culture
Black Film British Cinema II
A book I edited with Clive Nwonka that explores the dynamics of contemporary black filmic practices. It follows the influential book published by the ICA in 1988.
Race and the Cultural Industries
One of the first books to look at the experience of racialised people working inside cultural industries and focus specifically on cultural production
The Rationalizing/Racializing Logic of Capital in Cultural Production
An open access article that presents my initial research into publishing, and how publishing industries 'make race'
Grants and awards
The Postcolonial Cultural Economy: The Politics of British Asian Cultural Production
A post-doctoral research fellowship where I developed my PhD research on British South Asian cultural production
Rethinking Diversity in Publishing: A Cultural Industries Perspective
The first in-depth academic study of 'diversity' in the publishing industries, based on 113 in-depth interviews with publishing professionals and authors.
Exploring Racial and Ethnic Inequality in a time of Crisis
The strand of the research that I worked on looked at the impact of the pandemic and #BlackLivesMatter on ethnically diverse people working in media