Nsenga Burton


Concentration in Film and Media Management

Senior Lecturer

Film and Media Studies

Office: Rich Bldg 212

Email: nsenga.burton@emory.edu


  • PhD, Critical Studies in Film and Television, University of Southern California
  • MA, Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, Cinema Studies, New York University
  • BS, Radio/TV/Film, Northwestern University


Nsenga Burton, Ph.D. is Co-Director of the Film and Media Management concentration at Emory University in the Department of Film and Media Studies where she teaches courses on Hollywood entertainment industries, content creation and special topics like Reality Television and Hip-Hop Media. 

She is an award-winning professor, multimedia journalist and blogger, filmmaker and producer. Currently, she serves as editor-at-large for The Root (a Univision company), Black Press USA  (National Newspaper Publishers Association) and is a contributor to The Grio, where she writes media criticism. In 2012, Dr. Burton founded  The Burton Wire, an award-winning news blog that covers global news of the African Diaspora. In addition to her work as a journalist and professor, she is a leader in the field of technology and diversity, recently completing her term as Executive Director of the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs. She is also leads a new media and technology consulting firm, The Burton Wire Media Group. Nsenga is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee,  the National Communication Association, NU Council of 100 (Northwestern University), American Studies Association and the African American Film Critics Association. Dr. Burton is the current chair of the Atlanta Youth Commission Board. 

A former cultural critic for Creative Loafing, Nsenga serves as an expert commentator on radio, television and new media platforms including GPB, WABE-FM, WUGA-FM, WURD-AM Philadelphia, WEAA-FM Baltimore, WVON-FM Chicago, KPCC Los Angeles, WHUR-FM Washington, DC, WYPR-FM Baltimore, WFAE-AM Charlotte, WBFF-TV Fox News Baltimore, WSOC-TV Baltimore, WCCB-TV Charlotte, CCTV and ARISE TV (online), and HuffPost Live.

Dr. Burton is the winner of NABJ's 2013 Ray Taliaferro Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was a Scripps-Howard Fellow at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. News One named The Burton Wire one of the top 15 blogs in the country and Dr. Burton has been a scholar-in-residence at New York University. An activist scholar, her latest book, Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength & Vulnerability is currently out on SUNY Press. She served as co-editor of the book and wrote a chapter entitled, "The Representation of Black Women's Mental Illness on Being Mary Jane and How to Get Away with Murder." Additional academic publications include “Mad Men: Draper, Double Consciousness and The Invisibility of Blackness,” in The Universe is Indifferent: Theology, Philosophy and Mad Men, eds. Ann Duncan and Jacob Goodson, Cascade Press, 2016 and “South African Soap Operas: A Rainbow Nation Realized?” appears in the anthology, Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences, edited by Beretta E. Smith-Shomade. Nsenga is currently writing a book on race and reality television and an essay on the pedagogy of filmmaker Marlon Riggs for an anthology on documentary, blackness and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  

She currently resides in Atlanta with her daughter Kai and fur-son Mr.