Professor, Faculty of Arts
Professor Zaharom Nain teaches in both the BA in International Communication and the MA in Cultural Studies programmes. He joined UNMC in 2010, having taught Communication Studies for more than two decades in a Malaysian public university. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Communication Studies from Coventry University and the University of Leicester, England.
Rom is co-editor of two books, Communication and Development: The Freirean Connection (Hampton: 2001) and Who Owns The Media: Global Trends and Local Resistances (Zed/Southbound: 2004) and has authored more than 80 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers.
He has been a consultant to the Geneva-based United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Malaysian agencies such as the national petroleum company, PETRONAS, and the Malaysian Institute for Economic Research (MIER).
He was awarded a Fulbright Professorship to lecture in the University of California, San Diego (1998-1999), a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship to conduct research at Sophia University, Tokyo (1995) and was a Visiting Fellow in 2004 at Simon Fraser University (Canada), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (USA) and the University of Utah (USA). More recently (2009), he was awarded a Senior Fulbright to conduct lectures in Johnson, Vermont. His background and research interests are in the sociology of communications and the political economy of the media. He is presently putting together a volume on media, education and politics in Malaysia and is co-editing a volume of critical studies on the political economy of the media. Apart from heading a six-nation study on the relationship between civil society, the new media and the state in Southeast Asia (2009-2011), he also wrote a weekly column for the Borneo Post (2010-2012). He currently writes a weekly column on current affairs for the independent web-based news portal Malaysiakini
Rom teaches in both the BA in International Communications Studies programme and the MA in Cultural Studies. With a background in both Political Economy and Cultural Studies, he currently teaches… read more
Rom recently completed a 6-nation study titled Regimes, Civil Society and ICTs which he led . The two-year study (2009-2011), funded by Canada's IDRC, examined how civil society organisations in six… read more
ZAHAROM NAIN, 2012. National cinema, Malaysian cinema and Yasmin Ahmad: some thoughts.. In: ZAWAWI IBRAHIM, ed., Social Science and Knowledge in a Globalising World. PSSM/SIRD: Petaling Jaya. 449-452
PATRICIA ANG, BRENDAN GOMEZ, ZAHAROM NAIN, GANAKUMARAN SUBRAMANIAM AND ANGELINA YEE, 2012. Baby Abandonment and Youth Pre-marital Sex: Towards Prevention and Action in Higher Education.. In: Sustaining Higher Education Policy Through Research. The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE): Putrajaya. 123-134
Rom is currently the School's Head of Postgraduate Studies and Research and also Director of the Centre for the Study of Communications and Culture (CSCC).
In the Spring of 2011, with the support of UNMC and Air Asia, Rom successfully convened the inaugural series of CSCC seminars titled Public Intellectuals and Public Discourse in Southeast Asia, with speakers from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and India.
Rom teaches in both the BA in International Communications Studies programme and the MA in Cultural Studies. With a background in both Political Economy and Cultural Studies, he currently teaches courses that link the cultural industries, particularly media, with questions of social inequality and repression both within and between nation states. His main pedagogic concern is with providing the space for the development of counter-hegemonic discourses in a context where such space is indeed limited. Undergraduate modules:
- Introduction to Communications Theory
- Mass Media
- Global Media and Communications
- Communication Technologies
- Cultural Policy
- Mass Media
Rom recently completed a 6-nation study titled Regimes, Civil Society and ICTs which he led . The two-year study (2009-2011), funded by Canada's IDRC, examined how civil society organisations in six countries in the Southeast Asian region (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam) are using the new media to expand their activities, often under politically repressive circumstances. Rom discussed the results of the study at the IAMCR conference in Istanbul, Turkey in July 2011. Together with colleagues in the Education and Business schools, Rom also completed (2012) a study on Teenage Pregnancies and the Abandonment of Babies in Malaysia, funded by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education.