Fall 2024

Section 1152 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Aug 19 - Dec 13 2024
Class will meet in-person on Mondays at times listed above. All remaining instruction will be delivered asynchronously.

Section 2849 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Aug 21 - Dec 13 2024
Class will meet in-person on Wednesdays at times listed above. All remaining instruction will be delivered asynchronously.

Summer 2024

Section 8244 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Jun 18 - Jul 28 2024
Mandatory in-person meetings will take place on the days and times listed above. All other content will be delivered asynchronously. Students should have reliable internet access and a functioning webcam that has both video and audio capabilities.

Spring 2024

Section 4449 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Jan 18 - May 16 2024

Section 5628 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Jan 22 - May 17 2024
This class meets in-person on Mondays. All remaining content will be delivered asynchronously. There are no mandatory Zoom sessions.

Section 6499 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Jan 24 - May 17 2024
Mandatory in-person meetings will take place on the day and time listed. Remaining content will be delivered asynchronously.

No office hours

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

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

Faculty, Liberal Arts/Cinema, Hutchins, Sonoma State University

LIB 300 Series in Film Studies for Hutchins School of Liberal Arts 

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).  Critical Media Literacy in Handbook of Critical Pedagogy (Sage Publications, 2020). 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 www.tonykashani.com

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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

podcast: techumanity.online 


Deus Ex Machina: The Art of Being Human in the Digital Age

In progress


Critical Media Literacy (chapter)

3 Volume Handbook of Critical Pedagogy (Sage Publication).

(Sage Publications, 2020) https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/home

Movies Change Lives: Toward a Pedagogy of Humanistic Transformation

January, 2016, Peter Lang Publishing,  

ISBN: 978-1-4331-2773-1

Lost in Media: Ethics of Everyday Life

Co-editor and Contributor, May, 2013 Peter Lang Publishing

 ISBN: 978-1-4331-1367-8

Hollywood’s Exploited:Corporate Movies, Public Pedagogy and Cultural Crisis

Co-editor and Contributor, December, 2010 Palgrave MacMillan Press

ISBN 978-0-230-62199-2

Deconstructing the Mystique: AnInterdisciplinaryIntroduction to Cinema 

Kendall/Hunt Publishing

2nd Edition, 2009 ISBN 978-0-7575-6023-1

1st Edition, 2005  ISBN 0-7575-1940-7

Critical Media Literacy (chapter)

3 Volume Handbook of Critical Pedagogy (Sage Publication).

(Sage Publications, 2020) https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/home

Essays & Articles

The Transformative Intellectual: An Examination of Henry Giroux__s Ethics
Forthcoming, Policy Futures in Education Journal http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/

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
www.dissidentvoice.org Published April, 2007
Under review at Film Quarterly

Complex Cinema: Becoming Dissident Cinema
www.dissidentvoice.org Published January, 2007

The Truman Show: Cinema of Active Imagination. A Jungian Analysis.
CG Jung Center www.cgjungpage.org 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 (www.dissidentvoice.org 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