Dr. Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Assistant Professor, Entertainment and Media Studies
Office: Journalism, Room 101-A

AboutDr. Mohammed teaches courses in global media industries and entertainment. Her research focuses on Global South media industries, feminisms, decolonization and social movements.  

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Other Affiliations: African Studies Institute 

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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 is co-editor of the book, African Women in Digital Spaces: Redefining Social Movements on the Continent and in the Diaspora (Mkuki na Nyota, 2023). 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. She serves on the editorial board of the Communication, Culture & Critique and Feminist Media Studies journals. 

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 Jazeera, DW, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Dazed, The Financial Times, Global Voices, Okay Africa, and several Ghanaian media platforms including the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation 

Her research is published in peer reviewed journals such as Communication Theory, the Howard Journal of Communications, Feminist Media Studies among others. 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.  

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. 


Prior to pursuing a PhD, Dr. Mohammed worked as a radio journalist for 5 years. Her work has been published on various Ghanaian and international media platforms such as Al Jazeera, The Washington Post and Okay Africa. She brings these industry experiences to enrich her teaching in the classroom. 

Awards and Fellowships


  • Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research (2022). Awarded by the International Center for Research on Women.
  • First Place in the Top 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) 
  • Top 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)


  • Visiting Faculty Fellow (2023) at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. 
  • Sarah Moss Fellowship (2022-2023) Awarded by the University of Georgia.  
  • 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)