Ashiyan Ian Rahmani

PhD, College Lecturer, and Early Xennial ENFP in Oakland, California

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Ash teaches, mainly upper-division, 'Digital Cultures', 'Qualitative Research Methods', 'Media in the Digital Age', and 'Communication, Technology and Social Change', as a Lecturer in the Communications Department at California State University, East Bay, whilst also substitute teaching, every now and then, at Oakland School of Arts, since January 2019.

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 research looks at the way in which women in rural communities in Fiji utilize mobile devices to interact with community radio, particularly in the context of increasing women's participation in governance, 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, at UHM.

Ash has presented his work at the Pacific Telecommunications Council, International Communication Association, International Association of Media and Communications Research, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide, and Association for Baha'i Studies conferences.

In the 13 years before moving to Hawaii in 2011, Ash taught, and worked with ICTs with non-profits, in the UK (2005-2010), China (1998-2005) & Mexico (2010/2011).

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

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

Ash is engaged in community development, as a member and volunteer with the Baha'i Faith community, has and continues to volunteer in Oakland and Puerto Rico, and has hosted the 'World Notes' world news and music radio show on KTUH.

Ash enjoys traveling, singing, cooking/being a foodie, water-sports, yoga, beach workouts, hiking/walking, kayaking, capoeira, sci-fi/comedy, soccer, social media and, rueda dancing. He is an early Xennial and ENFP (Myers-Briggs).

  • Work
    • Cal State University-East Bay
  • Education
    • Keele University
    • SOAS, University of London
    • University of Oxford
    • University of Hawaii at Manoa