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


Wazhmah Osman is an assistant 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.


PhDMedia, Culture and CommunicationNew York University
MAMiddle Eastern Studies and HistoryNew York University
Graduate CertificateCulture and Media. Anthropology New York University
BAEnglish and FilmRutgers University

Courses Taught

MSP 4153Media CriticismUndergraduate
MSP 4454Public Information Media CampaignsUndergraduate/Graduate
MSP 4496Global MediaUndergraduate/Graduate
MSP 5021Media InstitutionsGraduate
GDC 8003Research Approaches in Communication, Development, and Social ChangeGraduate
GDC 8254Public Information CampaignsGraduate