Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Dr. Harisur Rahman

Full Time Faculty
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Anthropology,  University of Auckland, New Zealand

MSS.  Regional Masters in Journalism, Media, and Communication, University of Dhaka

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 6148
Office: NAC 915 

Curriculum Vitae


Harisur Rahman is Assistant Professor at North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In December 2016, he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in anthropology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His dissertation examined the circulation and viewership of Indian films in Bangladesh. His research interests include  Film and Media Studies, Media Production, Advertising Research, Material Culture, Climate Change Communication, Globalization, Migration, Development, Consumer Culture, Visual Culture, Media Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Gender Issues, South Asian Popular Culture, Social Data Science, Communication, Islam, and Modernity.


Book on "Cultural Hegemony of Bollywood" is coming from Palgrave Macmillan NY in 2019. 

Rahman, H. (2017). Bollywoodization or ghettoization? The Bangladeshi dream factory is in disarray. Studies in South Asian Film & Media8(2), 109-123. DOI: 10.1386/safm.8.2.109_1

Rahman, H. (2013). Indian Cinema Bangladeshi Viewers: Reconceptualizing Modernity, Ahmed, Z. (Ed.). Contemporary Bangladesh in Anthropological Perspectives, Ranchi Publications.

Rahman, H. (2011). Cultural Imperialism' and Its Possible Effect on Global Communication. In MH. Moni (Ed.), A CPMS Peer Reviewed Journal on Journalism, Media and Communication Studies (27-31). No-1. content/uploads/2011/02/CPMS-Journal-Number-1.pdf


From Hegemony to Partition: Bangladesh and Bangladeshi Films in South Asian Context. Presented at a Seminar Held in Institute for South Asian Studies, 23 April-28 April 2018, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

The Construction of Film Audience in Bangladesh. Presented at the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ), 1 July-3 July 2015, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

The Ghettoization of Bangladeshi Cinema and the Changing Viewership in Urban Slums. Presented at the First International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, 23 August-25 August 2014, Independent University Bangladesh.

Visiting Fellow, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies and Institute for South Asian Studies, UC Berkeley (2018)

Ph.D. in Anthropology, (2012-2016), Degree awarded in December 12, 2016

The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dissertation title: Cultural Subscription and Regional Hegemony: The Circulation and Viewership of Indian Films in Bangladesh (Based on 12 months’ ethnographic fieldwork)

Regional Masters in Journalism, Media and Communication (2008-2010)

The University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in Collaboration with Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Nepal, and Punjab University, Pakistan.

 Masters in Anthropology (2004-2005)

Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

 Bachelor in Anthropology (Honors) (1999-2004)

Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

  • University-level teaching and research experience: about 3 years
  • Passionate about academic teaching & research
  • Engaging personality & classroom management style
  • Make use of diverse instructional methods
  • Effective communicator and attentive listener
  • Garnered over 3 years’ professional research experience
  • Led and supervised various research projects
  • Crafted many project-winning technical and financial proposals
  • Designed ethnographic and qualitative research methods
  • Prepared data collection, training, monitoring and intervention tools
  • Analyzed qualitative and ethnographic data with software such as NVivo and ATLAS.ti
  • Authored, co-authored and presented several reports

Anthropology, sociology, and media-related courses.

Material Culture, Globalization, Development, Consumer Culture, Economic Anthropology, Gender Issues, South Asian Popular Culture, Health Communication, Islam, and Modernity.