Greetings! And Welcome!
My name is Munib Rezaie. I received a PhD in Communication from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. My dissertation project was titled “Global Playground: Mutualism, the Ethic of World Citizenship, and the Films of Dayyan Eng,” and I used it to present an approach to film that veered away from assuming an inherent conflict within human nature.
Much of my research during my doctoral work focused on Chinese cinema, especially mainstream filmmaking in the People’s Republic of China. However, I am also interested in a lot of other topics, including film history, media industries, media literacy, game studies, transnational media, film marketing, etc. Generally speaking, I find myself repeatedly drawn to research that presents a more international and de-westernized view of media issues. The idea of world citizenship as a global ethic profoundly impacted my dissertation, and continues to guide me in my own personal life.
I was born in Belgium, spent most of my childhood in Brazil, and several years in Macau and Mainland China before coming to the United States. I’ve only recently realized how much those experiences are going to guide my future research, and I’m excited to see where they’ll take me.
I consider myself a world citizen. And I don’t just mean that in terms of where I’ve lived. I think of world citizenship in terms of a global ethic that could have major implications in all aspects of our lives, beginning with the acknowledgement of universal oneness and solidarity. Check out this document put together by the United Nations office of the Bahá’í International Community NGO if you want to get a better sense of what I mean by the ethic of world citizenship.
This site originally began as a way for me to engage with my studies and create an outlet for more informal writing. I still do some of that, but it’s also evolved quite a bit since I first started three years ago. Its primary roles – providing a more informal writing space and housing important professional and instructional documents – can be seen from the menu items above:
- At the home page you will find my blog posts. Topics range from Chinese cinema, to parenting, to social justice, video games, movie posters, trailers, and virtually anything else that might strike me as interesting to write about.
- Next, you will find my online Teaching Portfolio, where I include my teaching philosophy, instructional evaluation, evidence of student learning, course materials I’ve created, and some final thoughts on the importance of empowerment.
- Finally, my Curriculum Vitae, which I hope to keep consistently updated.
So please look around, leave lots of comments, and share with others!
Thanks for visiting!
ps. You can also find me writing more parenting-specific posts over at http://phdadblog.wordpress.com.