Fall 2020

Section 1152 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Aug 17 - Dec 11 2020
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Section 1446 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Aug 17 - Dec 11 2020
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Section 1662 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Aug 17 - Dec 11 2020
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Summer 2020

Section 8107 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Jun 15 - Jul 26 2020
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Spring 2020

Section 4449 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Jan 13 - May 13 2020

Section 6499 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Jan 27 - May 06 2020
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class and is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week.

Section 7003 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Jan 13 - May 13 2020

Ph.D. in Humanities with concentration in
Transformative Learning and Change
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco

M.A. in Cinema Studies
San Francisco State University

B.A. in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Art (Media Studies)
San Francisco State University

Academic Experience: 

Adjunct Faculty, Media Studies, Santa Rosa College:
Introduction to Mass Communications, Film History, Introduction to Film,
(August 2006 - present)

Adjunct Faculty, Media Studies, Brandman University

Digital Humanities, Writing in the Digital Age, Ways of Knowing: Philosophy and Literature, Creative Writing

Faculty, Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies
Union Institute & University:
Visual Culture, Engaging Difference, New Media & Social Change

Faculty, Interdisciplinary Studies, Southern New Hampshire University
Diversity(online), Global Society (online), Popular Culture (online)

Co-director of Modern Media Project at Hutchins School of Liberal Arts, Sonoma State University

Associate Professor (Adjunct), Language Arts Division, College of San Mateo:
Introduction to Film, Film History, Screenwriting, American Culture/Cinema (online), Digital Experimental Filmmaking, Film Noir, World Cinema, Middle-Eastern Cinema

Subject Matter expert Humanities & Culture
Adler Graduatre University

External Dissertation Advisor, School of Education
The Fielding University

Lecturer, Department of Cinema, San Francisco State University:
Introduction to Cinema Studies, Critical Studies

Tony Kashani, Ph.D.  is an American author, educator and cultural critic. He was born in Tehran to Azerbaijani parents, an ethnic minority in Iran. He grew up speaking Farsi and Turkish, and after migrating at the critical age of fifteen to his adopted home of California, English became his primary language of intellectualism. Speaking three languages and being aware of three distinctly different cultures at once gave Kashani the impetus to seek a philosophy of cosmopolitanism, where one embraces all cultures and is at ease in most countries in the world. He received his bachelor’s degree in radio and television and later his master’s degree in cinema studies from San Francisco State University. He holds a PhD degree in Humanities with emphasis on culture studies from California Institute of Integral Studies. His writing, teaching, and intellectual activism are anchored in critical theory and pedagogy, influenced by writers such as Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Camus, and Steinbeck, and thinkers such as Fredrick Nietzsche, Hannah Arendt, Paulo Ferrier, Edward Said, Henry Giroux, John Dewey, Herbert Marcuse, Noam Chomsky, Erich Fromm, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault. Kashani is the author of five books on media; Deconstructing the Mystique, (2005, 2009, Kendall/Hunt Press), Hollywood’s Exploited: Public Pedagogy, Corporate Movies, and Cultural Studies (2010, Palgrave/MacMillan Press), Lost in Media: Ethics of Everyday Life (2013, Peter Lang Press) and Movies Change Lives: A Pedagogy of Humanistic Transformation (Peter Lang Press, 2016).  Kashani is a subject matter expert and faculty, for a number of universities in the United States, focusing his interdisciplinary scholarship and pedagogy on media and social justice.  He is an advocate of global diversity. On that topic he writes,

Given that we live in the planetary age where we find ourselves interconnected and in many ways interdependent with one another on a global scale, there exist various conditions between the “self” and the “other.”  I am sensitive to and take great care to pay attention to the reality of diversity in the planetary context. If the self builds solidarity with the other harmony is achieved and we can all live at ease with while engaging differences. This requires sound ethics of virtue, mainly courage and compassion.

On a personal side, he is a practicing Black Belt in Karate and as a student of Zen philosophy believes in balancing his life with mindfulness to result in a harmonious mind/body/spirit existence. He lives with his family in San Francisco. Dr. Kashani’s personal website is

Dr. Kashani's Website:

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Professional Areas of Interest: 

Humanities, Media Studies, Ethics, Global Cultural Studies, Philosophy & Psychology of Art, East-West Philosophy/Psychology, Postcolonial Theory, Political Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Planetary Complexity, Film History, Electronic Media and Social Justice, Curriculum Design, Digital Communication Theory, Mass Communications, Qualitative Research Methods, Critical Pedagogy, Cyber Journalism, Digital Filmmaking

Presentations and Publications: 


From Empire to Cyber Age: An Introduction to Arts and Culture of Iran
Co-author, Forthcoming Kendall/Hunt Publishing

Lost in Media: Ethics of Everyday Life
Co-editor and Contributor, Forthcoming Peter Lang Press

Hollywood's Exploited: Corporate Movies, Public Pedagogy and Cultural Crisis
Co-editor and Contributor, 2010 Palgrave MacMillan Press

Deconstructing the Mystique: An Introduction to Cinema
Kendall/Hunt Publishing (
2nd Edition, 2009 ISBN 978-0-7575-6023-1
1st Edition, 2005 ISBN 0-7575-1940-7

Essays & Articles

The Transformative Intellectual: An Examination of Henry Giroux__s Ethics
Forthcoming, Policy Futures in Education Journal

Dissident Cinema: Defying the Logic of Globalization. Essay in Global Studies Association 2007 Annual Book
(2008. Changemaker Press).

300: Proto-fascism and Manufacturing of Complicity Published April, 2007
Under review at Film Quarterly

Complex Cinema: Becoming Dissident Cinema Published January, 2007

The Truman Show: Cinema of Active Imagination. A Jungian Analysis.
CG Jung Center Published July, 2005Translated to French & published in Les Cahiers Jungiens de Psychanalyse, France, 2007ISBN 9782915781137

Hollywood an Agent of Hegemony: The War Film
Alternative Press Review (August 2004)
Dissident Voice ( August 2004)
Translated to Polish & published in Kultura Popularna Journal, Poland, 2005
Translated to Farsi & Published in Golestaneh Scholarly Journal, Iran, 2007

Faces of Islam: Debunking Orientalism, Why I am not a terrorist
College Newspaper: College of San Mateo (April 2004)

Digital Media:Two Emerging Philosophies
Cinema Trade: Monthly Magazine in Tehran, Iran (April 2003 issue)


Guest Speaker, Modern Media Dialogue Series at Sonoma State University
Neoliberalism and the Media
February 10, 2010

Guest Speaker, Diversity in Action Group at College of San Mateo
Palestine/Israel: Conflict with Global Implications
Film Screening (Occupation 101), analysis, and Dialogue (May, 2009)

Guest Lecturer, Union University EdD Program
Media and Media Culture

Lecturer, Radical Philosophy Association Eight Biennial Conference,
San Francisco State University.
Presentation: Cinema For Transformation: Towards a Pedagogy of Social Change

Honors and Awards: