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  • University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
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  • PhD (Cultural Studies), The University of Queensland, Australia 

    MSS (Development Studies), BRAC University, Bangladesh

    MA (Philosophy), Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

    BA (Philosophy), Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

Areas of Interest
Popular Culture (Music, Cinema, Fiction), Critical and Cultural Studies, Celebrity Studies, Health Communication, Urban Studies

Din M. Sumon Rahman, PhD

Professor & Director


Dr. Sumon Rahman joined ULAB in 2013 as Associate Professor of Media Studies and Journalism. He has more than 20 years’ teaching experience in diverse disciplines, namely, Philosophy, South Asian Studies and Media Studies in different institutions of Bangladesh and Singapore. He has been promoted as the Professor of Media Studies and Journalism in 2017 and concurrently appointed as the Director of the Office of Faculty Research.

Apart from teaching at ULAB, Dr Rahman has been involved in diverse institutions of home and abroad in different capacities. He works as Curriculum Planner, Curriculum Reviewer, Thesis Reviewer, Ethical Review Committee member at The University of Queensland, Australia, Bangladesh University Grants Commission, Independent University Bangladesh (IUB), Bangabandhu Sheikh Muzib Medical University (BSMMU), BRAC University, and Bangladesh University for Professionals (BUP), etc. His publications are well-cited, by renowned scholars both locally and globally.

Research & Awards

Research Grants:

  • International Co-investigator, “Partnership to ensure the sustainability of a public health palliative care project in Bangladesh through community theatre”, (University of Sussex, University of Glasgow, York University UK, BSMMU, BRAC University and BRAC as global project partners). Arts and Humanities Research Council UK Grant, 195747 GBP (2017-2019)
  • Project leader, Setting up a Fact-Check Center at ULAB. The American Center Grant, 23,047 USD (2017-2018)
  • Research Fellow, Designing an innovative curriculum titled “Film as a pedagogical tool: developing a systematic resource base of films for the public health schools of Bangladesh”, USAID Grant 4000 USD (2014)
  • PhD Fellow, The University of Queensland, Australia (2010-2013), covered tuition fees and living allowances
  • Graduate Research Fellow, National University of Singapore (2006-2009), covered tuition fees and living allowances



  • Nominated for Commonwealth Short Story Prize, 2016



Kānār Hātbāzār (Essays on city, popular culture and mass media). Dhaka: Duende Publications. 2011

Ceramicer Nijoswo Jhogra (Collection of poems)). Dhaka: Pathsutra Prokashoni. 2009

Goribi Omorota (Collection of short stories). Dhaka: Mawla Brothers. 2008

Dékhā Nā-Dékhār Chòkh (ed)  (Literature and Blindness: An Anthology). Dhaka: Pathak Samabesh. 2005

Jhijhit (Collection of poems). Dhaka: New Man Books. 1994

Niroporadh Ghum (Collection of short stories). Dhaka: Prothoma Prokashoni 2018

Journal Articles

“Urbanizing the Folklore, Folkloricizing the Urban: Cultural Communication between the Urban Poor and Popular Music in Dhaka, Asian Journal of Communication, 24(5): 407-420. 2014

“Producing the Urban Poor in Dhaka: Ideological Warfare and Culture-clash in Music Videos”, Journal of Creative Communications, 8(1): 29-45. 2013

“Migration of Metaphors: Making Sense of Music in the Lives of the Urban Poor in Dhaka”, Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, 4(2): 139-53. 2013

Fòòtpāther Prempòtrer bòi ebong Mājhāri Gòriber Atmo-Porichoy (Love letters in the street books and the formation of the moderate urban poor). Protichinta, (3) 2: pp. 86-104. 2013

“Deshantor o Metaphor: Gan o Goribir Nagorik Molakat Proshonge” (Migration and Metaphors: On the urban nexus between music and poverty), Jogajog  issue 11. 2013

“Humayun Ahmed-er Himugiri” (The cultural politics of Himu in Humayun Ahmed’s novels), Alokito Bangladesh, special Eid issue. 2013

Dhākāi Gorib o Urban Folk Gāner Shāngskritik Rājniti (Urban Poor and the Cultural Politics of Urban Folk Music in Dhaka). Bonopangshul. Vol 5: 27-42. Dhaka: Pathsala. 2012

“Mûmurshu Chòti boi āār tār Bipònnò Nārirā” (The vanishing street-texts and the vulnerability of its female characters). Nari o Progoti. Dhaka: Bangladesh Nari Progoti Songstha. 2008

“Lost in care pathway: a qualitative investigation on the health system delay of extra pulmonary tuberculosis patients in Bangladesh” (with Sarker, M. et al). BMC Health Services Research 17 (240). 2017

Newspaper & Magazines

He regularly writes op-eds and literary pieces in several daily newspapers including Daily Prothom Alo, Daily Star, Daily Ittefaq, BD News 24, Bangla Tribune and Bonik Barta.

The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.

emk Since March, 2018, the University of ​Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) is associated with the EMK Center as its management partner along with the American Center of U.S. Embassy Dhaka.