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Rogers DehanzaAssistant Professor, On Leave Spring 2024

Dehanza Rogers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Emory University where she is the Director of Production and an Assistant Professor.

Her filmmaking is in direct conversation with Blackness, specifically Black girlhood. Her research also includes Black (girl) cultural production and representation of Blackness in cinema, television, and social media. She teaches narrative filmmaking, directing, and cinematography, as well as a course on Black girlhood/femme representation in contemporary film, television and media.

Her films have been in exhibition, and screened both nationally and internationally, most recently at Venice Biennale 2022, the Kennedy Center, and PBS. She was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for her work with choreographer and MacArthur fellow Kyle Abraham on race and embodiment in the film If We Were a Love Song which premiered on ALL ARTS, part of The WNET Group and PBS.

She is currently working on a film exploring federal judicial politics and immigration court watching and a film on Black girl joy.

Before joining Emory University, she previously held an academic appointment at Cornell University and is a Cornell Society for the Humanities Fellow.


  • MFA in Production/Directing, University of California, Los Angeles,
  • MFA in Cinematography, University of California, Los Angeles,
  • BA in Anthropology, California State University, Northridge