Wazhmah Osman

Wazhmah Osman, Ph.D.

Wazhmah Osman
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Media at Risk and Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication
  • Associate Professor, Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University

Wazhmah Osman's research and teaching are rooted in feminist media ethnographies that focus on the political economy of global media industries and the regimes of representation and visual culture they produce.

Wazhmah Osman is filmmaker and associate professor in the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. In her book Television and the AfghanCulture Wars: Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Activists (University of Illinois Press, 2020), she analyzes the impact of international funding and cross-border media flows on the culture and politics of Afghanistan, the region, and beyond. She is also the co-director of Postcards from Tora Bora (Documentary Educational Resources, 2007) and the co-author of the forthcoming Afghanistan: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University, forthcoming). She has appeared as a commentator on Democracy Now, NPR, and Al Jazeera and works with community and activist groups.


  • Ph.D., New York University, 2012
  • M.A., New York University, 2005
  • B.A., Rutgers University, 1997