Ashiyan Ian Rahmani Ph.D.

Digital Media and Social Justice 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 University - East Bay, and also SFSU & SJSU, 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 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 & digital media with non-profits, in the UK (2005-2010), China (1998-2005) & Mexico (2010/2011), & summer volunteering at an UN-affiliated NGO in New York, 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, & new US citizen, Ash also holds a Post-Grad 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 International Politics & Computer Science from Keele University, UK.

Ash is engaged in community development, as a member of the Baha'i Faith, & has also spent time volunteering, assisting the houseless, in Oakland &, for hurricane relief, in Puerto Rico. Ash has also hosted the 'World Notes' world news & music radio show on KTUH.

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

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