Anis Rahman

Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
M.A., Goldsmiths, University of London
M.S.S. University of Rajshahi

Office: CMU 340D
Twitter: @anis_media

I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, Seattle. I hold a Ph.D. in Communication from Simon Fraser University and an M.A. in Television Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London with a Chevening Award. I teach about the cultural impact of information technology and the geopolitics of the Internet. Before joining UW Communication, I taught a variety of communications and research method courses at Simon Fraser University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. While I am broadly interested in media and platform ownership and its impact on journalism and public interest in the contexts of the Global South, my current research projects range from digital activism, public internet, and labor equity in academia. I am an affiliate faculty member of the South Asia Center at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. I also serve as a Co-Chair of the Public Service Media Policies Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) 


  • COM 200 Introduction to Communication
  • COM 302 The Cultural Impact of Information Technology
  • COM 383 Qualitative Communication Research Methods
  • COM 495 Special Topics in Communication (Money & Power in International Communications)


Transnational digital media activism

Journal articles 

Media, journalism, and communications policy  

Journal articles 

Book chapters

  • Rahman, A., Reza, S., & Haq. F. (2017). The politico-commercial nexus and the broadcast policy reform in Bangladesh. In S. Udupa & S. McDowell (Eds.), Media as politics in South Asia (pp. 110-126). London: Routledge.
  • Rahman, A. (2016). Print and electronic media. In A. Riaz & M. S. Rahman (Eds.), Routledge handbook of contemporary Bangladesh (pp. 325-339). London: Routledge.

Public media and internet  

Journal articles 

Edited book

  • Rahman, A., & Gregory F. Lowe (Eds.) (2016), Public Service Media Initiatives in the Global South. Burnaby: SFU Library Digital Publishing. (open access)

Book chapters

  • Rahman, A. (2016). Introduction: Public service media initiatives in the Global South. In A. Rahman & G. F. Lowe (Eds.), Public Service Media Initiatives in the Global South. Burnaby: SFU Library Digital Publishing. 3-16. (open access)
  • Rahman, A. (2016). Public media initiatives in Bangladesh: Politics and prospects. In A. Rahman & G. F. Lowe (Eds.), Public Service Media Initiatives in the Global South. Burnaby: SFU Library Digital Publishing. 21-35. (open access)

Refereed conference proceeding 

  • Rahman, A. (2022). The possibilities for public service internets at the margin. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) 2022 Conference proceedings. Public Service Media Policies Working Group. (requires IAMCR membership)

Equity and diversity in higher education

Journal articles

  • Rahman, A., Stewart, N. K, Ackah, B., & Hauck, B., (forthcoming). Dialogues for Equity: Precarious Parent-Scholars in Times of Crisis. Journal of Applied Communication Research.
  • Stewart, N. K., Rahman, A., Adams, P. R., & Hughes, J. (2021). Same storm, different nightmares: Emergency Remote Teaching by contingent communication instructors during the pandemic. Communication Education7(4), 402-420.

Refereed conference proceeding 

  • Morrison, H., & Rahman, A. (2020). Knowledge and equity: analysis of three models. International Association of Communication and Media Researchers 2020 Conference Proceedings. University of Ottawa Research. (open access)

Research interests

  • Platform geopolitics
  • Media coverage of space race
  • Public internet 
  • Political economy of media and journalism
  • Communication policymaking
  • Higher education