Year Started at JMU: 2019
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Mohammad Ala-Uddin is a lecturer in the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University. He graduated from the University of Dhaka with a B.A. in Islamic History and Culture and a master’s in Journalism, Media and Communication. At Ohio University, Ala-Uddin received an international affairs M.A. degree in Communication and Development Studies. Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University.

Before moving to Ohio, Ala-Uddin worked as a journalist for three years and served in various communication roles. He was the Communication and Outreach Coordinator for the Earth Champion Program (ECP), an environmental initiative implemented in Bangladesh, and sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Two times NORAD Fellow, Ala-Uddin completed a summer graduate program in media studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. 

His scholarship examines the interplay of global communication, digital media, and culture. Combining critical/interpretive methods with computational techniques, Ala-Uddin investigates the leading and peripheral discourses of “communication” and “technology” in relation to social change and how they are constructed, contested, and tied with the systems of power at translocal spaces. His research, well rooted in communication, also takes on a multidisciplinary approach, looking to media and cultural studies, political economy, feminist theory, subaltern studies, critical ethnography, critical data studies, and digital humanities.

He has authored a book chapter and co-authored a white paper, which turned into a $19M proposal. Two of his recent works have been accepted by the Asia Pacific Media Educator journal. Ala-Uddin presented at major professional conferences including at NCA, ICA, and IAMCR conventions, and participated in other international forums of exchange in Norway, Nepal, Sweden, UK, Finland, and South Korea.

Ala-Uddin’s teaching interests include interpersonal/small group communication, intercultural communication, advocacy and social change, global communication, and critical media studies. At JMU, Ala-Uddin teaches SCOM 123: Fundamentals of Human Communication. Previously, he served as an instructor of record for Introduction to Journalism in Democratic Society and Introduction to Public Speaking classes at Bowling Green State University.

Ala-Uddin contests the view that communication is just a means to an end. To him, communication is a basic human right, a major resource for self-actualization, and a benchmark of community empowerment and social justice. He believes, however, that the right to communicate is a primordial human struggle.

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