Dr Nabeel Zuberi

BA (Hons) American Studies (University of Nottingham), MA Communication Arts (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), PhD Radio-Television-Film (University of Texas at Austin)


Popular music, media and cultural studies at the University of Auckland since 1997, with experience in media production, particularly music radio and arts journalism. 

Research | Current

  • Muslim figures and spaces in British and American popular music since 9/11 
  • Race and ethnicity in popular music history and heritage
  • Genre in popular music history
  • Listening to music in the age of algorithms 


2014. STRATTON, J. and ZUBERI, N. (eds.) Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945. Farnham: Ashgate. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409469148

2010. GOODE L. and ZUBERI, N. (eds.) Media Studies in Aotearoa New Zealand 2. Auckland: Pearson. http://www.pearsoned.co.nz/9781442516311

2004. GOODE, L. and ZUBERI, N. (eds.) Media Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Auckland: Pearson.

2001. ZUBERI, N. Sounds English: Transnational Popular Music. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/32pmb4cw9780252026201.html


Recent Journal Articles/Book Chapters

2017. ZUBERI, N. ‘Listening while Muslim’. Popular Music 36(1): 33-42.

2016. MCCOURT, T. & ZUBERI, N. ‘Music and discovery’. Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture 14(3): 123-126. Special issue on Music and Discovery, edited by Tom McCourt and Nabeel Zuberi [Authors listed alphabetically]

2015. ZUBERI, N. ‘War dubs.’ Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture (Special Issue on Echoes from the Dub Diaspora), 7(2):  https://dj.dancecult.net/index.php/dancecult/article/view/732/696

2015. ZUBERI, N. ‘The transmolecularization of [Black] folk: Space is the Place, Sun Ra and Afrofuturism.’ In Sherryl Vint (ed.) Science Fiction and Cultural Theory: A Reader. New York: Routledge. pp 281-293.

2015. ZUBERI, N. ‘Bishi: Making ye olde England Indian.’ In Theresa Beyer, Thomas Burkhalter, Hannes Liechti (eds.) Seismographic Sounds: Visions of a New World. Bern: Norient. pp 295-296.

2014. ZUBERI, N. ‘New throat fe chat: the voices and media of MC culture’. In Jon Stratton and Nabeel Zuberi (eds.) Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945. Farnham: Ashgate. pp 185-201.

2014. STRATTON, J. and ZUBERI, N. ‘Black popular music in Britain since 1945: An introduction. In Jon Stratton and Nabeel Zuberi (eds.) Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945. Farnham: Ashgate. pp 1-10.

2014. ZUBERI, N. ‘Guantánamo, alla vamos: Fuera de lugar con The Smiths.’ In Fruela Fernández (ed.) The Smiths: Música, Política y Deseo. Madrid: Errata Naturae. pp 121-144.

2013. ZUBERI, N. ‘Vocalizing: MC culture in the UK.’ Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture (Special Issue on Afrofuturism), 5(2): https://dj.dancecult.net/index.php/dancecult/article/view/395/411

2011. ZUBERI, N. ‘The racialization of culture’. In Bruce M.Z. Cohen (ed) Being Cultural. Auckland: Pearson. pp 165-178.

2011. ZUBERI, N. ‘Diaspora’. In Michael Ryan, Gregory Castle, Robert Eaglestone, M. Keith Booker (eds.) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory. Oxford and Malden: Blackwell. pp 1040-1044.

2010. ZUBERI, N. ‘Guantánamo here we come’. In Sean Campbell and Colin Coulter (eds.) Why Pamper Life’s Complexities: Essays on The Smiths. Manchester: Manchester University Press.  pp 241-255.

2010. ZUBERI, N. ‘Worries in the dance: Post-millennial grooves and sub-bass culture’. In Andy Bennett and Jon Stratton (eds.) Britpop and the English Music Tradition. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp 179-192.

Teaching | Current

FTVMS 218 Popular Music on Screens

FTVMS 229 Recorded Music & Media Formats

FTVMS 323 Popular Music on Screens

FTVMS 331 Recorded Music & Media Formats

FTVMS 713 Media, Sound & Music

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD Supervision

Lubna El-Elaimy, Citizen journalism, social media and the Arab Spring 

Ahmed Ghazal, Egyptian cinema and the 2011 revolution

Pik Man (Nickkita) Lau, Transcultural fandoms in China and Hong Kong: Gender, sexuality, celebrity politics and activism

Anna Majavu, Media representations of Africans in Aotearoa / New Zealand 

Shiza Nisar, The paradoxes of 'freedom' in the English-language press in Pakistan since 2005 

Ola Sawaie, The gender image in Egyptian Cinema before and after the Arab Spring


Completed PhD Supervision

2014. Phoebe Fletcher, Screening the global war on terror: Revolutionary nationalisms in the contemporary American splatter film 

2013. Fokko Schulz, Distance music: From early telephony to tomorrow’s Internet  

2009. Michael Scott, New Zealand’s pop renaissance: a creative industry as ‘after neo-liberal’ social policy 

2009. Phoebe Li, A virtual Chinatown: the diasporic mediasphere of Chinese migrants in New Zealand 

2007. Carolyn Skelton, Travelling tales of location, identity and connectivity: a study of place and the television programme Xena: Warrior princess

2004. Helen Jane Moloney, Robin Hyde and Frank Sargeson: Liminal voices in New Zealand literature 

2002. Matthew Bannister, White man’s soul: Paheka masculinities in popular music of New Zealand/Aotearoa 

2001. Sarina Pearson, Lookin’ S. Pacific: moving imagery in Aotearoa New Zealand and Hawai’i


Current MA supervision

Ben Hall,  Virtual and real spaces in sound recording


Completed MA supervision

2014. Matthew Chicoine, The Detroit way: Creative exchange and music culture 1950-2000 (MA thesis)

2013. Yingxi Lu. Chinese social media platforms and young migrants in New Zealand (MA dissertation)

2013.  Andrew Garnett, The Facebook construct: The user and surveillance (MA thesis)

2012. Camilo Diaz-Pino, Growing up after the end: Representations of post-apocalypse in contemporary children’s television animation (MA thesis)

2012.  Nandan Bhat. Camp, the abject and the Hindi courtesan film (MA dissertation)

2011. Sol Chae, Changing forms, access and values of images of self: From still photograph to Facebook (MA dissertation)

2011. Helen King, Young Muslim women, media and social networks in Auckland (MA thesis)

2009. Brent Simpson, Community radio on Waiheke Island: A case study (MA thesis)

2008. Wajeehah Sabahat, Pakistan’s friendly dictator: The military presidency of Pervaiz Musharraf in Newsweek and The Economist (MA dissertation)

2008. Judy Smith, Björk, buskers and songbirds: Realism and revision in the musical genre (MA thesis)

2008. Pamela Whitfield, Race, class and the American dream in Hollywood dance themed youth film 2000-2008 (MA thesis)

2007. Georgina McWhirter, Black camp: Rethinking minstrelsy, trash talk shows and the ghetto fabulous (MA dissertation)

2007. Yu Zhijuan, Music in Feng Xiaogang’s Films (BA(Hons) dissertation)

2005. Yasmin Aluf, Quentin Tarantino and contemporary film authorship (MA thesis)

2004. Kris Zemke, Outkast and minstrelsy; Googoosh and the Iranian diaspora (MA research portfolio in Ethnomusicology)

2004. Enas Al-Janabi, Al-Jazeera and the war on Iraq (MA dissertation)

2004. Nicholas FitzHerbert, Indymedia and the anti-globalisation movement (Postgraduate Diploma in Arts dissertation)

2003. Una Cruickshank, Media and the War on Terror from 9/11 to the War on Iraq (MA thesis)

2003 Keri Whaitiri, Of other sounds (MA thesis)

2002. Catherine Langabeer, Carefully stealing pieces of me: issues of technology and authenticity in the music of Matthew Herbert (MA thesis)

2001. Vicky Bogle, Female electronic musicians in Auckland (MA dissertation)

2001. Emma Kelly, Making a scene: location, identity and dance music (MA thesis)

2001. Stephen Jewell, Number eight wired: a history of New Zealand dance music and club culture 1970-2001 (MA thesis)

2000. Catherine Foster, Past perfect: an examination of Jane Foster's writing in The Weekly News from 1953-1960 (MA thesis)

2000. Ben Howe, Getting older: the construction of place, history and identity in New Zealand independent music (MA thesis in Ethnomusicology)

1999. Pamela Morrow, Gravity keeps screwing it up: the single white female in American television comedy (MA thesis, co-supervision with Shuchi Kothari)

1999. Roy Martyn, Shooting heroin: heroin in 90s films (MA thesis)

Areas of expertise

  • Popular music and sound studies
  • Race and ethnicity
  • British cultural studies
  • American studies
  • Indian and South Asian diaspora cinema and media

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zuberi, N. M. (2017). Listening while Muslim. Popular Music, 36 (1), 33-42. 10.1017/S0261143016000659
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36572
  • McCourt, T., & Zuberi, N. M. (2016). Music and discovery. Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture, 14 (3), 123-126. 10.1080/15405702.2016.1199025
  • Burkart, P., Christensen, M., Semati, M., & Zuberi, N. M. (2016). Editors’ note. Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, 14 (4), 195-198. 10.1080/15405702.2016.1229531
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36655
  • Burkart, P., Christensen, M., Semati, M., & Zuberi, N. M. (2014). Editor's note. Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, 12 (2), 73-74. 10.1080/15405702.2014.899000
  • Zuberi, N. M. (2014). Jo Haynes, (2013). Music, difference and the residue of race [Book review]. Journal of World Popular Music, 1 (1), 151-155. 10.1558/jwpm.v1i1.152
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36658
  • Zuberi, N. M. (2014). New throat fe chat: The voices and media of MC culture. In J. Stratton, N. M. Zuberi (Eds.) Black popular music in Britain since 1945 (pp. 185-201). New York: Routledge. Related URL.
  • Stratton, J., & Zuberi, N. M. (2014). Black popular music in Britain since 1945: An introduction. In J. Stratton, N. M. Zuberi (Eds.) Black popular music in Britain since 1945 (pp. 1-10). New York: Routledge. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36661
  • Zuberi, N. (2013). The recent repackaging of Indian film music in the west. Paper presented at Centenary of Indian Cinema: Aesthetics, Economics and Politics, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ. 3 October - 4 October 2013. Related URL.

Contact details

Alternative contact

direct line +64 9 923 7722

Primary location

Level 5, Room 536
New Zealand