Wazhmah Osman
Wazhmah Osman
Associate Professor
Departments: Globalization and Development Communication, Media Studies and Production, Media & Communication
Office: 215-204-6421
Annenberg Hall, Room 223


Wazhmah Osman is an associate professor in Temple University’s Department of Media Studies and Production and a faculty member in both the Master of Science in Globalization and Development Communication program and the PhD program in Media and Communication.  She is a faculty affiliate of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) program, as well as the South Asia Center at University of Pennsylvania.

Osman earned her PhD in 2012 from New York University, where she studied Media, Culture and Communication. She is also a graduate of the Culture and Media program in Anthropology.

She is currently writing a book that analyzes the impact of international funding and cross-border media flows on the national politics of Afghanistan, the region and beyond. Osman is also researching how new technologies of war, violence and representation, predicated on old colonial tropes, are being repackaged and deployed during “the war on terror.” Her critically acclaimed documentary, Postcards from Tora Bora, has been shown in festivals around the world.

Her research and teaching are rooted in feminist media ethnographies that focus on the political economy of global media industries and the regimes of representation and visual culture they produce.






Media, Culture and Communication

New York University


Middle Eastern Studies and History

New York University

Graduate Certificate

Culture and Media. Anthropology

New York University


English and Film

Rutgers University



Osman, W. (in press). Brought to you by foreigners, warlords, and activists: Television and the Afghan culture wars. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, Geopolitics of Information.

Osman, W. and Crews, R. D. (under contract). Afghanistan: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)

Osman, W. (2019). Between the White House and the Kremlin: A comparative analysis of Afghan and Tajik media. International Journal of Communication, 13, 619-641.

Osman, W. (2019). Agents and villains of the security state: Racial politics and the war on terror media industrial complex. Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, 5(1-2). 

Osman, W. (2019). Media and imperialism in the global village: A case study of four Malalais. In A. Punathambekar & S. Mohan (Eds.), Global digital cultures: Perspectives from South Asia. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. 

Osman, Wazhmah (2018). Television and the Afghan culture wars: Brought to you by foreigners, warlords, and activists: The impact of 40 years of war (pp. 149-176). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. 

Osman, W. (2017). Jamming the simulacrum: On drones, virtual reality, and real wars. In M. Fink & M. DeLaure (Eds.), Culture jamming: Activism and the art of cultural resistance (pp. 348-364). New York, NY: New York University Press. 

Osman, W. (2014). On media, social movements, and uprisings: Lessons from Afghanistan, its neighbors, and beyond. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 39(4), 874-887. 

Osman, W. (2012). Between a rock and a cave: The uneven development of the Afghan public sphere. In S. Balaghi & M. D. Kennedy (Eds.), Engaging Afghanistan. Providence, RI: Brown University, The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. 

Osman, W. (2011). “Trashy tastes” and permeable borders: Indian and Iranian soap operas on Afghan television. In D. I. Rios & M. Castañeda (Eds.), Soap operas and telenovelas in the digital age: Global industries and new audiences (pp. 237-256). New York, NY: Peter Lang Inc. 

Courses Taught




MSP 4153

Media Criticism


MSP 4454

Public Information Media Campaigns


MSP 4496

Global Media


MSP 5021

Media Institutions


GDC 8003

Research Approaches in Communication, Development, and Social Change


GDC 8254

Public Information Campaigns