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

Other AffiliationsAfrican Studies Institute 

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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 teaches courses in global media industries and entertainment studies.  

Her 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 International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), the National Communication Association (NCA) conference, the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference (AEJMC). 

She has worked as a radio journalist in Ghana for several years and has done some public scholarship on Al JazeeraDWThe GuardianDazedThe Financial TimesGlobal Voices, Okay Africa, and several Ghanaian media platforms including the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation 

Her research is published in peer reviewed journals such as African Journalism StudiesJournal of Radio and Audio Media and Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. She has won top paper awards at the International Communication Association (ICA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and other academic conferences.  

2022 Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed was named winner of the 2022 Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research by the International Center for Research on Women. She received $2500 for the […]

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Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, “Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses.” Feminist Media Studies, doi: 10.1080/14680777.2022.2098798 Abstract: Although there is some scholarship on intersectionality focusing on African feminist movements, more work needs […]

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Feminist accountability: deconstructing feminist praxes, solidarities and LGBTQI+ activisms in Ghana Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, “Feminist accountability: deconstructing feminist praxes, solidarities and LGBTQI+ activisms in Ghana.” Communication, Culture & Critique, doi: 10.1093/ccc/tcac031 Abstract: This article examines how mainstream Ghanaian feminist organizations worked to support LGBTQI+ communities […]

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University of Georgia Sarah H. Moss Fellowship Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed was selected as a University of Georgia Sarah H. Moss Fellowship recipient. She received a $10,000 award for her research project: “Media and Decolonization: Re-righting the Subaltern […]

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Dismantling the Western Canon in Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: Although there have been extensive discussions on decolonizing the field of media and communication(s), not much attention has been paid to the way that curricula reproduce colonialism, imperialism and racism […]

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Communication in Context: How Culture, Structure and Agency Shape Health and Risk Communication about COVID-19 in Ghana Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: Despite impressive strides toward proper health education about the pandemic, in resource-limited contexts, health information dissemination occurs within a structural context that restricts the enactment of agency and leads to […]

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Bilchiinsi Philosophy: Decolonizing Methodologies in Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: Despite recent calls for decolonization in academia as a whole and the fields of communication studies and media studies in particular—with a focus on narratives such as #CommunicationSoWhite and […]

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Decolonizing the Curriculum in Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: Although there have been extensive discussions on decolonizing the field of media and communication(s), not much attention has been paid to the way that curricula reproduce colonialism, imperialism and […]

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

Abstract: This study examines the intricacies of the expanding music industry in Northern Ghana, focusing on the perspectives of artistes. The contemporary popular musicians of Tamale, one of Ghana’s biggest […]

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Bilchiinsi Philosophy: Decolonizing Methodologies in Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: In recent times, there have been calls for decolonization in academia as a whole and the field of communication and media studies with particular focus on narratives such as […]

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Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, Honorable Mention in the 2021 Stuart Hall Award at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. “Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses” […]

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Decolonizing African Media Studies Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

This paper won First Place in the Faculty Paper Awards also known as the Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition. It also won Best Paper in African Journalism Studies Award. Abstract: Drawing […]

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Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Abstract: Several African scholars have theorized about the evolution of feminist movements on the continent but there has been little focus on the importance of employing an intersectional feminist framework […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

  • First Place in the Faculty Paper Awards also known as the Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition in the International Communication Division at AEJMC (2021)
  • Best Paper Award for African Journalism Studies, in the International Communication Division at AEJMC (2021)
  • Honorable Mention in the 2021 Stuart Hall Award at the International Association for Media and Communication Research – IAMCR – (2021)
  • 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

  • Lilly Teaching Fellow, 2021-2023, University of Georgia 
  • Kopenhaver Fellow, 2021: Sponsored by the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women, the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication. 
  • 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

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed awarded 2022-2023 Sarah H. Moss Fellowship

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Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed receives accolades at annual AEJMC conference

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An anti-LGBTQI bill in Ghana is the outcome of institutionalized homophobia via the Washington Post (Sept. 10, 2021)

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From Burna Boy to Beyoncé: how black culture is embracing its African roots (video from The Guardian)

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Africa watches with envy at Ghana’s ‘boring’ presidential race

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Ghana’s LGBTQ+ community is under attack – Here’s how to help

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

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Sexist, misogynistic comments against women not healthy – Feminist

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