Faculty Profile

  • 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 has more than sixteen years’ experience in teaching Philosophy, South Asian Studies and Media Studies in several colleges and universities of Bangladesh and Singapore. From 1996 to 2006, he taught Philosophy at different government colleges of Bangladesh. During 2007-2008, he taught South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a graduate teaching assistant. Since January 2013, he has been working as Associate Professor of Media Studies and Journalism at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Apart from teaching, he was involved with visual media for a long time. He worked as a script writer and character developer for the well known television program “Sisimpur”, a Bangladeshi franchise of Sesame Streets, for three years. He was also involved as a concept developer for “Chandrabindu”, a twenty-six episode television magazine program for Channel I, and as script writer for various reality shows and television dramas for various television channels.

Research & Awards

Current Projects:
A Study on the “Baul” Musicians of the Southern Bangladesh. Self-funded.
Construction, Crossover and Consumption: Celebrity and Politics in Asia. A Book project jointly edited (with Jude Genilo).
Constructing Local Knowledge and Practices in the Sundarbans World Heritage Site: an Alternative Model for Environmental Communication (with Jude Genilo & Kader Muhammad). Funded by ULAB Research Grant.
Recent conferences:
Chair, Pedagogy and Popular Culture, International Conference on Teaching and Learning, Independent University Bangladesh (IUB), 2016, Dhaka
Shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016
ULAB Research Grant 2013-2016
USAID Grant $5000 for designing an innovative curriculum titled “Film as a pedagogical tool: developing a systematic resource base of films for the public health schools of Bangladesh”, JPGSPH, BRAC University, 2014
PhD Scholarship: The University of Queensland, Australia (2010-2013)
Graduate Research Fellowship: National University of Singapore (2006-2009)
Merit Scholarship: BRAC University Bangladesh (2003-2004)



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

Ceramicer Nijoswo Jhogra (A very personal quarrel between the ceramic-made staffs, book of poems). Dhaka: Pathsutra Prokashoni.

Goribi Omorota (The impoverished immortality, a book of short stories). Dhaka: Mawla Brothers.

Dékhā Nā-Dékhār Chòkh (ed)  (A literary anthology on Eye and Blindness). Dhaka: Pathak Samabesh.

Jhijhit (a book of poems). Dhaka: New Man Books.

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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.

“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.

Newspaper & Magazines

He regularly writes op-eds and literary pieces in several daily newspapers including Daily Prothom Alo, Daily Star, 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.