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 322 Global Communication
  • COM 383 Qualitative Communication Research Methods
  • COM 495 Special Topics in Communication (Money & Power in International Communications)


Rahman, A. (2023). South Asia as contested terrain for cultural imperialism. In L. Artz. (Ed.). Global media dialogues: Industry, politics, and culture (pp. 168–192). Routledge.    

Zhao, Y., & Rahman, A. (2023). The Belt and Road Initiative, communication, and geopolitics. In L. Artz. (Ed.). Global media dialogues: Industry, politics, and culture (pp. 234–259). Routledge. 

Raghunath, P., & Rahman, A. (in-press). Opening up the black box of communication governance in South Asia: Critical Policy Ethnography as methodology. G. Goggin & V. Wavre (Eds.) Global communication governance at the crossroads. Palgrave-MacMillan.

Rahman, A., & Hasan, M. (2022). From local to global: Networked activism against multinational extractivism. The Review of Communication22(3), 231-255.  

Rahman, A. (2022). Broadcast policymaking in an electoral authoritarian regime: From hope to despair. Journal of Digital Media & Policy12(1), 121-139.

Rahman, A., Stewart, N. K, Ackah, B., & Hauck, B. (2022). 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.

Al-Rawi, A., & Rahman, A. (2020). Manufacturing rage: The Russian Internet Research Agency’s political astroturfing on social media. First Monday25(9).

Rahman, A. (2020). The Politico-commercial nexus and its implications for television industries in Bangladesh and South Asia. Media, Culture & Society42(7-8), 1153-1174.   

Rahman, A. (2020). A political history of state-broadcasting in South Asia and Bangladesh. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture11(2), 207-225.

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). Routledge.

Rahman, A. (2016). Print and electronic media. In A. Riaz & M. S. Rahman (Eds.), Routledge handbook of contemporary Bangladesh (pp. 325-339). Routledge.

Rahman, A., & Gregory F. Lowe (Eds.) (2016), Public Service Media initiatives in the Global South. SFU Library Digital Publishing.

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 (pp. 3-16). SFU Library Digital Publishing.

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 (pp. 21-35). SFU Library Digital Publishing.

Andaleeb, S. S., & Rahman, A. (2015). Television News in Bangladesh: Intersection of Market-oriented Journalism and Perceived Credibility. Asian Journal of Communication25(2), 162-177.   

Andaleeb, S. S., Rahman, A., Rajeb, M., Akter, N., & Gulshan, S. (2015). Credibility of TV News in a Developing Country: The Case of Bangladesh. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly89(1), 73-90.  

Rahman, A. (2014). The Problems with Reimagining Public Media in the Context of Global South. Stream: Interdisciplinary Journal of Communication6(1), 56-65.

Rahman, A. (2012). Television and Public Sphere in Bangladesh: An Uneasy Relationship. Media Asia39(2), 83-92.

Rahman, A. (2009). A Political Economy of the Emerging Television News Industry in Bangladesh. Revista Eptic11(2), 1-19.

Research interests

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