University of California, Riverside

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Tabassum Khan

Tabassum Khan

Assistant Professor

Media and Cultural Studies
3145 INTS
(951) 827-1050

Research Areas

  • Explored forces of globalization in localized spaces, with a special focus on youth and minority populations. She studies transnational imagery (including commodities, brands, lifestyles, professions) in the construction of emergent identities. Her research investigates the everyday life experiences and the construction of self among the Muslim youth in relation to global media. She examines the intersecting and conflicting discourses shaped by globalization and the entrenched sociocultural and religious practices that influence the shifting identities of the youth.


  • Ph.D., Ohio University, 2009


Dr. Khan teaches courses on media and popular culture (including a course on Bollywood cinema), globalization and identities, and the politics of representation. Prior to pursuing an academic career, she worked as a television producer and channel manager with Discovery Channels International, National Geographic International, and STAR TV, in Washington DC, New Delhi, and Hong Kong.

Specifically, she is committed to a long-term ethnographic research project that explores the minority Indian Muslim youth population, living in a historically and physically segregated enclave in the heart of New Delhi, India.


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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Media & Cultural Studies
3149 INTS

Tel: (951) 827-3456
Fax: (951) 827-5664