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Md. Shamsul Islam

Associate Professor & Head

BA (Hons), MA (1st Class 1st), Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka. MA, International Communications, University of Leeds, UK. Visiting Fellow, Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford, UK.

Md. Shamsul Islam is a writer, columnist, teacher, and media consultant. He is an Associate Professor and the Head of the State University of Bangladesh's Department of Journalism, Communication, and Media Studies (SUB). He began his career as an Editorial Assistant at the Dhaka Courier, but later joined the government service and worked as a researcher at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh. He began his teaching career as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Dhaka's Department of Mass Communication and Journalism. He also worked as an Assistant Professor at the Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB) while on leave from the government. He left his government job in 2005 to teach at various private universities in Bangladesh. He previously worked as an Associate Professor and Acting Head at Stamford University Bangladesh, as well as at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and Central Women's University. Md. Shamsul Islam earned his BA (Hons) and MA (First Class First) from the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka. Additionally, after being awarded a Chevening Scholarship, he completed his second Master's degree in International Communications at the University of Leeds in the UK. He attended the University of Oxford as a visiting fellow and the University of Cambridge for a post-graduate training. He presented papers at numerous domestic and international conferences. He has written extensively for various media outlets and published research articles and book chapters.


Gonomaddhaym o Gyanbhittik Samaj Nirbachito Probondho (In Bangla) Mass Media and Knowledge-Based Society, Odommo Prokash Publisher, 2023


Articles/Book Chapters 

Rethinking Media Education in the Digital Age: Bangladesh Context  co-authored with Rifat Sultana Journal of SUB, December 2023

Narratives on Digital Bangladesh: Shared Meanings: Shared Concerns co-authored with Jude W. Genilo and Marium Akhterin Brian Shoesmith and Jude William (eds) Bangladesh's Changing Mediascape: From State Control to MarketForces(2013) Bristol, UK and Chicago Intellect. The book link is:


Political violence in Bangladesh (book chapter, single author)  in Dr. Chris Fair and Dr. Ali Riaz (eds) Political Islam and  Governance in Bangladesh (Routledge October, 2010). The book project was initially sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

The book link is:


Combating Terrorism in South Asia: Challenges and Prospects (book chapter) in Dev Raj Dahal and Nishchal N. Pandey (eds) New Life Within SAARC, Institute of Foreign Affairs and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Nepal, November 2005


Future of Clash of Civilisations, BIISS Journal, Vol. 26, No. 1, January 2005.


Media's Role in South Asian Security: A Case Study, Regional Studies, Autumn 2001, Vol. XIX, No. 4. 


Bangladesh Foreign Policy in the Information Age, Journal of International Affairs, Volume 5, Number 3, January 1999-2001. 


Change of Government in Israel and the Middle East Peace Process, BIISS Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4, October, 1996.


Recent Trends in International Communication: A Third World Perspective, BIISS Journal Vol. 16, No. 1, January, 1995, Dhaka.





Media's Role in South Asian Security: A Case Study, M.A dissertation, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 2000. 

Media Use of Senior School Students in Dhaka City, M.A thesis, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, 1993.


Newspaper op-eds in English (Selected)


Between journalism and research: Dhaka Tribune, August 23, 2020

OP-ED: Between journalism and research | Dhaka Tribune

The role of press in the pandemic: Dhaka Tribune, August 11, 2020

OP-ED: The role of the press in a pandemic | Dhaka Tribune

Better communication strategies for the pandemic: Dhaka Tribune, August 4, 2020

What Humayun Ahmed can teach us about communication: Dhaka Tribune, July 24, 2020

What makes a public intellectual?: Dhaka Tribune, July 14, 2020

Campus politics may lead to educational inequality:  Bangla Tribune, October 24, 2019

Looking Back: How the Bangladesh Media Covered 9/11:  Bangla Tribune, September 11, 2019

Contrasting media coverage of Ershad’s death:  Bangla Tribune,  August  08, 2019’s-death

The real heroes around us:  Prothom Alo (English online), August 21, 2018

Improving employability skills among our youth:  ProthomAlo (English online), August 09, 2018

Reviving values: fighting corruption: Prothom Alo ( English online), July 28, 2018

Let’s hear more from parliament less from other actors:  Prothom Alo (English online), July 21, 2018’s-hear-more-from-parliament-less-from-other

Linking education to employment in Bangladesh:  Prothom Alo (English online), July 14, 2018

The political economy of world cup football: Daily Our Time, June 21, 2018


Education system in disarray: Daily Our Time, June 12, 2018

Media coverage of war on drugs: Daily Our Time, June 05, 2018

PM’s India Visit: Beyond Public Diplomacy: Daily Our Time, May 31, 2018

Teaching Moral to Generation Z: Daily Our Time, May 27, 2018

Of extremism and our new jihadists: Daily Our Time, May 24, 2018

Towards and effective examination policy: Daily Our Time, May 21, 2018

Why do we neglect future studies: Daily Our Time, May 20, 2018

Traffic fatalities: No end in sight: Daily Our Time, May 19, 2018

Rejuvenating our spirituality in Ramadan: Daily Our Time, May 18, 2018

Many more tears awaiting rohingyas: Daily Our Time, May17, 2018

Anti-quota movement is only a sideshow: Daily Our Time, May 16, 2018

Why we need media watch groups: Daily Our Time, May 15, 2018

Developing Bangladesh’s soft power: Daily Our Time, May 14, 2018

My Vision of an Ideal University, The Asian Age, December 19, 2017

Future of Higher Education in Bangladesh, The Daily Star, February 3, 2016

Combating Terrorism in South Asia: Prospects and Challenges, The Daily Star, November 12, 2005


The first Information War, The Daily Star, February 2, 2001.

Awarded a full bursary to attend a course at the Faraday Institute, St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, UK, 11 April-13 April, 2008.

Awarded a three-month Visiting Fellowship by the Programme in Comparative Media, Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK, July-September, 2002.

Awarded a Chevening Scholarship, offered by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to undertake post-graduate studies (session 1999-00) in International Communications at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, UK


Awarded Masud Khan Gold Medal from Dhaka University for MA final examination result.


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