Dr. Jana Fedtke is an assistant professor in residence in the Liberal Arts Program at Northwestern University in Qatar. Her research and teaching interests include data justice, gender studies, and transnational fiction with a focus on South Asia and Africa. Dr. Fedtke’s work has been published in, for example, Online Information Review, Asian Studies, Journalism Practice, South Asian Review, and Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge).


  • ENG 103 First-Year Writing


  • gender studies
  • data justice in cultural productions
  • transnational fiction (focus on South Asia and Africa)


Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Fedtke, Jana. (2022). “Wakanda as a Sustainable Smart Society: Africanfuturism in Marvel’s Black Panther.” Graphic Novels and Comics as World Literature. Edited by James Hodapp. Bloomsbury, UK. pp. 229-242. 

Fedtke, Jana. (2022). “The Outsourcing of Pregnancy: Transnational Surrogacy in Contemporary South Asian Literature.” In Transcultural Humanities in South Asia: Critical Essays on Literature and Culture. Edited by Waseem Anwar and Nosheen Yousaf. Routledge, UK. pp. 418-431.

Zaid, Bouziane, Ibahrine, Mohammed, & Fedtke, Jana. (2022). “The Impact of the Platformization of Arab News Websites on Quality Journalism.” Global Media and Communication 18(2): 243-260.

Fedtke, Jana, Ibahrine Mohammed, Wang, Yuting, & Zaid, Bouziane. (2022). “Zombies for their Profit: Social Networks in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism.” ACM Interactions Magazine 29(2): 70-73.

Zaid, Bouziane, Fedtke, Jana, Shin, Don Donghee, El Kadoussi, Abdelmalek, & Ibahrine, Mohammed. (2022). “Digital Islam and Muslim Millennials: How Social Media Influencers Reimagine Religious Authority and Islamic Practices.” Religions 13(4): 335.

Fedtke, Jana, Ibahrine, Mohammed, & Wang, Yuting. (2022). “Heroes in Harm’s Way: Covid-19 Narratives of China as a Form of Soft Power.” Asian Studies – Special Issue on “Crisis as Danger and Hope: COVID-19 in Asia.” pp. 287-314.

Fedtke, Jana. (2021). “The Erasure of Asexuality: Sheldon’s Masculinity in The Big Bang Theory.” Routledge Companion to Masculinity in American Literature and Culture. Edited by Lydia R. Cooper. Routledge. pp. 368-380. 

Fedtke, Jana. (2021). “Racial Disorder Syndrome: Observations on Racism in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.” South Central Review 38(2-3): 59-64.

Fedtke, Jana, Ibahrine, Mohammed, Zaid, Bouziane, & Shin, Don Donghee. (2021). “Containing a Corona Misinfodemic and Covidiocy: Political Talk Shows on German Public-Service TV.” Journalism Practice.

Fedtke, Jana. (2021). “The Intersections of Race and Gender: Representations of the First Female Afro-German Detective in Tatort.” MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture.

Fedtke, Jana, Ibahrine, Mohammed, & Wang, Yuting. (2021). “Corona Crisis Chronicle: Fang Fang’s Wuhan Diary 武汉日记 (2020) as an Act of Sousveillance.” Online Information Review 45(4): 795-809.

Fedtke, Jana. (2020). “Cartographies of Killing: Transnational Drones in Eye in the Sky.” In East African Literatures and Cultures: Emerging Trends. Edited by Susanne Gehrmann, James Ogone, Oduor Obura, and Obala Musumba. Galda Verlag/Germany. pp. 71-88.

Fedtke, Jana, Zaid, Bouziane, & Ibahrine, Mohammed. (2020). “Gendered Hashtactivism: Civic Engagement in Saudi Arabia.” In Social Media as a Space for Peace Education: The Pedagogic Potential of Online Networks. Edited by M. Ayaz Naseem and Adeela Arshad-Ayaz. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 139-156. 

Fedtke, Jana. (2019). “Gender-Based Violence in Contemporary Digital Graphic Narratives from India.” South Asian Review 40.3: 206-220.

Fedtke, Jana. (2014). “‘My Name is Khan and I am not a Terrorist’: Disability and Asexuality in My Name is Khan.” South Asian History and Culture 5.4: 521-33.

Fedtke, Jana. (2014). “‘What to Call that Sport, the Neuter Human...’: Asexual Subjectivity in Keri Hulme’s The Bone People.” In Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives. Ed. KJ Cerankowski and Megan Milks. London: Routledge. pp. 329-43.