Anuli Akanegbu (Pronounced: Ah-noo-lee A-ka-nay-boo) is a scholar and strategist working at the intersection of Internet culture and race.
Anuli is currently a PhD student in NYU’s sociocultural anthropology department where she studies the racial politics of the influencer economy with a focus on Black Internet celebrities and content creators in the United States. She earned her BA (summa cum laude) from Howard University’s School of Communications and has also completed graduate level coursework through NYU’s Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement (XE) MA program.
Before her academic career, Anuli worked in the marketing industry for 6+ years. Her last role was as a Senior Strategic Brand Planner at Edelman, a global public relations agency, where she led the development of activation strategies and consumer research projects for multinational brands across the beauty, personal care, food, technology, and retail categories.
Anuli can be found on social media at @anuliwashere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
View her full (web-friendly) CV here.
general research areas of interest
Africana Studies, Creative Work, Critical Race Theory (CRT), Cultural Production, Digital Culture, Gender, Labor, Identity, Influencer Economy, Internet Celebrity, Political Economy, Politics of Taste, Pop Culture, Power, Social Media, Technology
a lil more personal
I am going to speak in the first-person now because you obviously came here to learn more about me. It is hard to craft an about page that captures the fullness of a person’s humanity beyond job titles and professional experience. Who am I? What do I care about? These are the questions that we spend our lifetime trying to answer. One exercise I did in service of getting to learn more about who I am and how I am received by others was to ask a selection of people in my life to describe me as if they were introducing me to a stranger. Their answers really affirmed things that I appreciate most about myself. They did a good job in speaking to multiple aspects of my personality. The responses are below. Enjoy learning even more about me.