Ashiyan Ian (Ash) Rahmani Ph.D. (he/him)

Digital Media and International Development Faculty in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Ash teaches, mainly upper-division, 'Digital Cultures', 'Qualitative Inquiry', 'New Media in the Digital Age', 'Communication Theory', 'Communication, Technology & Social Change', 'Digital Ethics', 'Persuasion in Media', 'New Media/New World' and, 'Critical Culture & Communication' as a Lecturer in the Communications Department mainly at California State U - East Bay & San Jose State, and also at SFSU, since January 2019 (& online since March 2020). He also teaches International Relations.

Ash completed his Ph.D., in Fall 2018, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), in the interdisciplinary Communication & Information Sciences program, and taught, as an award-winning teacher of 'Communication for International Development' and 'Global Communication', in the School of Communications at UHM. His dissertation was on how women leaders in Fiji utilize mobile devices to interact with community radio, particularly in the context of increasing women's participation in government, as well as enhancing resiliency to extreme climate conditions. He was also affiliated, as a Doctoral Fellow, with the Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development Collaborative (PICTD), at UHM.

Ash has presented his work at the PTC, ICA, IAMCR, PPDD, DIPRC, ISA, ISS, and ABS conferences.

In the 13 years before moving to Hawaii in 2011, Ash taught, & worked with new media with non-profits, in the UK (2005-2010), China (1998-2005) & Mexico (2010/2011), & volunteering at a UN-affiliated NGO in NYC, in Summer 2009.

He was an affiliate scholar at the East-West Center in Honolulu (2011/2012) & Lecturer at Honolulu Community College (2012/2013).

Born & raised in the UK, of Persian ancestry, and a new US citizen, Ash holds a PostGrad Diploma (matriculated as M.Sc. candidate) in Software Engineering from Oxford University, an M.A. in the Chinese Business World from the University of London(SOAS) & a B.Sc. in Int'l Politics & Computer Science from Keele University, UK.

Ash is engaged in community development, as a member of the Baha'i Faith, has been a volunteer in Oakland & Puerto Rico, and does online volunteer teaching in The Gambia & Mexico. Ash has also hosted the 'World Notes' world news & music radio show on KTUH.

Ash enjoys travel, singing, cooking, swimming, hiking, sci-fi/comedy & Latin dance/jazz, & speaks some Persian, Mandarin Chinese & Spanish. He is an ENFP, & his wife is from Mexico City :)

  • Work
    • CalState-East Bay, SJSU & SFSU
  • Education
    • Keele University
    • SOAS, University of London
    • University of Oxford
    • University of Hawaii at Manoa