Dr. Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Assistant Professor, Entertainment & Media Studies

About:

Dr. Mohammed teaches courses in global media industries and entertainment. Her research focuses on Global South media industries, feminisms, broadcast media and development communication.

Personal website: wunpini.com

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Education

Ph.D., Mass Communications, the Pennsylvania State University
M.Sc., Rhetoric & Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University
B.A.,   English and Spanish, University of Ghana
Diploma, Spanish, la Universidad de Cienfuegos “Carlos Rafael Rodriguez,” Cuba

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Mohammed’s research employs qualitative methodologies by way of ethnography, interviews, focus groups, textual analysis etc. to interrogate and challenge power politics in media production, distribution and reception. Her research and teaching converge in ways that enable her to guide her students towards employing empathetic and ethical approaches to their work in media.

Dr. Mohammed has presented her work at national and international conferences such as the International Communication Association (ICA), the International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), the National Association of African American Studies & Associates (NAAAS) conference, the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference (AEJMC).

Her research is published in peer reviewed journals such as Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research and Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. She has a co-authored article forthcoming in the Journal of Radio and Audio Media.

Baansi ni Yila: A critical history of the music industry in Northern Ghana Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: This study examines the intricacies of the expanding music industry in Northern Ghana, centering the perspectives of artistes. We examine how artistes create and produce music, how they market and promote the music and their images, and also the nature and art of their performances and the scope of their export beyond Tamale. The […]

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Decolonizing African Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: African Media Studies which is marginalized in the Global North academy lacks not only representation from African students/scholars but is also under-theorized. Employing a decolonial approach, this article presents a critical analysis of African Media Studies from the perspective of a recent PhD graduate and early career scholar. Using what I call an African […]

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Community Radio in Contemporary South Africa – Deconstructing Complexities in Demarginalization Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: We used on-site interviews and roundtable conversations with practitioners to uncover original evidence of ways in which two variant South African communities activated citizens’ involvement in radio co-production of content. We found dual analytical filters in state control of radio during two colonialisms and via contemporary policy regimes rooted in conceptualizations of participatory communication. […]

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Teaching Specialties

In addition to teaching classes in global and international media, Dr. Mohammed has taught classes in qualitative research methods, public relations and feminist studies. Her teaching philosophy is creating excitement in the classroom and equipping students with the tools to succeed in their careers and to bring positive change to their communities.

Experience

Prior to pursuing a PhD, Dr. Mohammed worked as a radio journalist for 5 years. She later worked in digital media writing where her work has been published on various Ghanaian and international media platforms such as Al Jazeera and Global Voices. She brings these industry experiences to enrich her teaching in the classroom.

Awards and Fellowships

Awards

  • Best Paper Award for African Journalism Studies, Global Communication and Social Change Division, ICA (2019)
  • 2nd Prize Winner, Student Paper Award for Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division, ICA (2019)
  • Pansy E. Jacobs Jackson Top Student Paper Award (2018)
  • Djung Yune Tchoi Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn State (2019)

Fellowships

  • Media & Islam in Africa Fellow, University of Florida’s Center for African Studies, the Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Department of Religion (Postponed due to COVID-19, 2020).
  • PhDigital Bootcamp 2019 Fellow, a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded fellowship, Texas State University (2019)
In the News

Sexist, misogynistic comments against women not healthy – Feminist

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“Time in Ghanaian newsrooms inspires recent doctoral student's research.” Penn State News. 9 June 2020.

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