Kate Zambon

Phone: (603) 862-5392
Office: Communication, Horton Social Science Center Rm 139, Durham, NH 03824

Kate Zambon, an assistant professor at UNH, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania after completing her bachelor's degree in Italian and German studies from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her research in global media studies focuses on the cultural politics of nationalism and migration in the media. Her current research project analyzes how the rejection of multiculturalism across Europe has paved the way for the rise of "integration" as a new paradigm for policing transnational and multiethnic populations. Other areas of interest include the political economy of representations of culture in global media flows including international sporting events, news, and entertainment media. Zambon's research takes a historically grounded and critical approach to analyzing media, connecting representation in news and entertainment media to political and economic logics as they develop over time. Her work also involves the development and promotion of multimodal approaches to scholarship. She is the founding director of CAMRA at UNH, an interdisciplinary group dedicated to conducting and supporting research that goes beyond the written word, including digital, film, audio, and web-based scholarship. Her research has been published in Media, Culture & Society, the International Journal of Communication, and Popular Communication.

Courses Taught

  • CMN 455: Introduction to Media Studies
  • CMN 696W: Sem/Global Media,Culture & Pwr
  • CMN 772: Sem/Media & Global Populism


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Communication, Vassar College

Research Interests

  • 20th century Germany
  • Biopolitics
  • Citizenship
  • Critical cultural studies
  • Ethnography
  • European Communities
  • European politics
  • European Studies
  • Gender, race, class in media
  • Global communication
  • Immigration
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Media and cultural studies
  • Media studies
  • Media theory
  • Migration
  • Multimedia
  • Nationalism
  • Popular culture
  • Sports
  • The public sphere
  • Transnational migration

Selected Publications

  • Uca, D., Zambon, K., & Stehle, M. (2022). Hip-Hop Pedagogy, Social Justice, and Transnational Media Studies: Eko Fresh's "Aber" and Joyner Lucas's "I'm Not Racist" in Dialogue. UNTERRICHTSPRAXIS-TEACHING GERMAN, 55(1), 25-40. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Zambon, K. (2021). Celebrity migrants and the racialized logic of integration in Germany. POPULAR COMMUNICATION, 19(3), 207-221. doi:10.1080/15405702.2021.1892692

  • Semati, M., & Zambon, K. (2021). The global politics of celebrity Introduction to a special issue of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture. POPULAR COMMUNICATION, 19(3), 159-163. doi:10.1080/15405702.2021.1922690

  • Zambon, K., & Iturrate, M. (2020). Immigrants in the Catalanist Project: Migration, Language, and Culture in Politics of Independence. NATIONALISM AND ETHNIC POLITICS, 26(4), 369-388. doi:10.1080/13537113.2020.1805961

  • Zambon, K. (2020). Cultural contingencies of discursive practices. In DISCOURSES IN ACTION: WHAT LANGUAGE ENABLES US TO DO (pp. 139-141). Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Zambon, K. (2017). Migration, Language, and Culture in Politics of Catalan Independence. In International Communication Association. San Diego, CA.

  • Zambon, K. (2017). Negotiating new German identities: transcultural comedy and the construction of pluralistic unity. Media Culture & Society, 39(4), 552-567. doi:10.1177/0163443716663640

  • Zambon, K., & Uca, D. (2016). Patriots and Pedagogues: Cultural Institutions and the Performative Politics of Minority German Hip-Hop. International Journal of Communication, 10(0), 726-747. Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc

  • Zambon, K. (2014). Producing the German Civic Nation: Immigrant Patriotism in Berlin's World Cup Flag Fight. Popular Communication, 12(1), 1-16. doi:10.1080/15405702.2013.869333

  • Zambon, K. (2019, May 24). Models and Miscreants: Integration by Celebrity Example. In International Communication Association. Washington D.C..

  • Most Cited Publications